15 secrets of famous books

15 secrets of famous books

Many famous literary works have their own secrets and secret history. And sometimes read about them is no less interesting than the books themselves.

We offer to find out a little about the new books that seemed so familiar to us.

Ruslan and Lyudmila

Alexander Pushkin

Have you ever wondered why Pushkin "Mermaid sitting on the branches?" The image of a mermaid, which is half woman, half fish - a legacy of Western culture. We are used to represent a mermaid with a fish tail, but Western Mermaid and mermaid from Russian folklore - are completely different characters. Most often, the Little Mermaid in the Russian tradition portrayed as portly, beautiful, young woman with a pale face and with long green hair. Its main entertainment - to sit on the branches of trees and combing their hair.

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

All the heroes of fairy tales have their prototypes. The image of the prince deeply autobiographical - it Exupery in childhood. Rose, that little prince loves and protects - his beautiful but capricious wife, Latina Consuelo. A Fox - is Sylvia Reinhardt, a good friend of Saint-Exupery, who helped him in difficult times.

The Mysterious Island

Jules Verne

It is known that Jules Verne used to write his novels based on their scientific knowledge. But in the "Mysterious Island", he deliberately omitted one detail in the description of the manufacturing process for nitroglycerin blasting granite rock lacked a catalyst (platinum), without which the whole thing never would not have worked.

The Hobbit, or There and Back

J. R. R. Tolkien

15 secrets of famous books

Tolkien wanted to write a short tale to read their own sons, but got so carried away that he had received a complete book with maps and illustrations. At first there was only one handwritten copy of the book that the professor read sometimes gave his friends and disciples. It is thanks to one of his students and the book was published and later also will be continued.

Another interesting fact is that the reviewer for this book became a boy of ten, the son of the director of the publishing house, in which it was first published.

Ali Baba

The famous phrase "Open Sesame" in the Russian translation should sound like "Sesame, open up."

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Characters Mad Hatter and the March Hare are derived from two English sayings: "mad as a hatter" and "mad as a March hare." Proverb Hatter stems from the fact that in the old days in the manufacture of felt hats was used for mercury poisoning which causes chronic mental disorders. A crazy March hares explained mating period, the advancing spring.


William Shakespeare

Shakespeare did not invent the story of the play "out of my head." He ably laid out medieval tale, and quite close to the original sources. "Macbeth" is the most popular of Shakespeare's plays. She performed in the world every four hours.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of

J. K. Rowling

15 secrets of famous books

When the book "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was released in the UK, the publisher, in order to avoid absenteeism, I asked for bookstore owners not to sell the book, until the school closed for the day.


Vladimir Nabokov

It is believed that the writing of Nabokov's novel inspired by the sensational story of Charlie Chaplin, who loved his second wife Lita Gray, when she was 12 years old.

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandr Duma

The plot of "The Count of Monte Cristo" was drawn from the archives of the Paris police. Shoemaker Francois Picot, was arrested on a tip-off and thrown into the castle, where he spent about 7 years. In prison Pico dug underground passage into the next chamber, where he was kept a rich Italian priest. They became friends, and before his death, the priest told the Francois secret of the hidden treasure in Milan. After his release, Pico mastered treasures bequeathed to him under a different name appeared in Paris, where he spent 10 years, the wages of meanness and treachery.

Woe from Wit

Alexander Griboyedov

In the 19th century, the actress refused to play Sophia in "Woe from Wit" with the words: "I am a decent woman and pornographic scenes do not play!". Such scenes are considered nocturnal conversation with Molchalin, who was not yet the husband of the heroine.

The Shawshank Redemption

Stephen King

15 secrets of famous books

Stephen King has sold the film rights to his book for only 1 dollar. It gives the opportunity for young directors and students, while leaving all the rights to works and prohibiting extract from commercial gain movies.

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Shortly after the publication of dystopia Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" publishing house Ballantine Books issued a special series of additional 200 copies of the novel were wrapped in a cover made of a material based on asbestos with exceptional fire protection properties.

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte

15 secrets of famous books

As at the time of the novel activity Creative Writing was considered inappropriate for a woman, it had to be published under the male name. A year after the publication of the book Emily Brontë died, never knowing what will take its place in the history of the novel in world literature. After the death of Emily's sister Charlotte reissued novel and added a preface in which he explained that the author of the novel actually - woman.

Fight Club

Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk once rested on the nature and quarreled with the neighboring camp, after which he was soundly beaten. Back on the job with a face covered in bruises, Palahniuk saw that none of his colleagues did not ask what had happened. Then he got the idea of ​​the novel "Fight Club." In the course of writing the book Palahniuk is not yet time to get involved in street fights, feeling the experience of their heroes in their own skin.