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“The Lord of the Rings” is a fantasy novel that was originally written as a sequel to the children’s novel “The Hobbit.” However, the work became an epic and was actually split into three volumes, “The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King,” when it was first published between 1954 and 1955. The book is one of the most famous and popular novels of all time and is one of the bestselling novels ever published (about 150 million copies have been sold). The book has also been adapted for television, film, radio, video games and many more. The best known adaptation of this novel is the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy of movies, which began in 2001. This introduced a whole new audience to this fantasy world and sparked another surge in sales for the book. Let’s find out who wrote this successful novel.
The song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” is a former number 1 hit that was released in 1969. It reached the top of the charts in January 1970 and remained there for four weeks. It was written for the 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and was awarded an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Ray Stevens and Bob Dylan were offered the job to record the song, but declined. Let’s find out who wrote and sang this famous song.
“Pride and Prejudice” is a fictional novel set in England at the turn of the 19th century. It follows the character Elizabeth Bennet as she learns to deal with a number of different issues within the social classes of the time. The novel has been extremely popular ever since it was written and it is estimated that over 20 million copies have been sold around the world. It is widely regarded as one of the best loved English language books in the world. This popularity has led to a number of adaptations such as; movies, television series, stage shows and more. A number of unofficial adaptations, prequels or sequels have also been written. Let’s find out who wrote this popular novel.
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is the first in a series of science-fiction novels. The story began life as a radio broadcast on BBC Radio in 1978 and it was later adapted into the better known novel. The story has been adapted for many other purposes as well including stage shows, television, film, computer games and comics. It has become one of the most popular science fiction stories of all time and has sold more than 14 million copies in 30 languages. Let’s find out who wrote this popular novel.
“Gulliver’s Travels,” original title “Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships” is a popular fictional novel designed to be a parody of the travelers tales genre and satire on human nature. The book follows the adventures of Lemuel Gulliver as he travels through a fantasy world. It was first published in 1726 and has remained a popular novel ever since. The book has never been out of print and has been adapted many times for film, television and radio. Let’s find out who wrote this famous novel.
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is a fictional children’s novel that was first published in 1900. It has been republished many times since this time, but is usually retitled as “The Wizard of Oz.” The story follows the main character Dorothy Gale as she in transported into the Land of Oz after being taken away from her home in Kansas by a tornado. The book was developed into a hit Broadway musical in 1902 and a very popular movie in 1939. Since this time it has been further adapted for television, cinema, radio and the stage. These adaptations ensured that it is one of the best known children’s stories in the English speaking world. Let’s find out who wrote this famous novel.
Les Misérables is a French novel first published in 1862. The French version is about 1,900 pages long and it is one of the longest novels ever written. The novel has many subplots, but the main story follows ex-convict Jean Valjean who strives to do good, but struggles to escape his past. Les Misérables is considered to be one of the most important novels of the 19th century. The novel investigates many themes such as; politics, religion, justice, law, love and many more. Although initial critical reaction was mostly negative, it was a great commercial success throughout the world. It has had many adaptations over the years including; musicals, plays, movies and television specials. A recent film adaptation, which was adapted from the musical, has proved to be a major success and shows that the story is still popular with modern audiences. Let’s find out who wrote this important novel and some of the most successful adaptations.
“Joy to the World” is a popular Christmas carol that was originally written about the return of Jesus, rather than a song to celebrate his birth as we know it today. In fact, only half of the original song is used today during Christmas celebrations. Despite this, the song is extremely popular and remains one of the most-published Christmas carols in North America. It has been performed by many popular artists and is widely used in church carol services. Let’s find out who wrote and composed this famous carol.
“O Little Town of Bethlehem” is a popular Christmas carol written about the birth of Jesus in the town of Bethlehem. The song usually features four verses, but it was originally a five verse song and the fourth is usually left out at was the songwriters request. It is quite unique among Christmas hymns because the first verses of the song address the town of Bethlehem itself rather than offer praise or prayer to God. Let’s find out who wrote and composed this famous carol.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is a fictional children’s book first published in 1957. The story features a bitter cave-dwelling creature called the Grinch who is annoyed by the Christmas celebrations in the nearby town. He decides to steal all of the Christmas presents and decorations to stop Christmas. Despite his efforts, Christmas comes anyway and he learns that Christmas is more than gifts and decorations. The author uses this story to focus on the commercialization of Christmas. The book was later made into an animated special, which has become a popular Christmas tradition. A number of other adaptations, including a feature film and musical, have also been created. Let’s find out who wrote this popular Christmas story.