“No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.”

James Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., often referred to as Boswell’s Life of Johnson, is one of the most famous biographies ever written and the best known source of memorable quotations by Samuel Johnson. Few people today have read this entire work. And, given that it amounts to more than 1,200 pages of … Read more

“My man Friday.”

The book by Daniel Defoe that is usually referred to with the shortened name Robinson Crusoe became a bestseller soon after it was first published on April 25, 1719. The original title used the long, descriptive style common at the time: The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner: who lived … Read more

AUGUST 25 – The man behind the curtain

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” On August 25, 1939, moviegoers throughout the U.S. heard that line for the first time, when the film version of The Wizard of Oz was released nationwide.  It’s said by actor Frank Morgan, as the scammer who pretends to be “The Great and Powerful Wizard of … Read more