The Unimportance of the Letter “E”

Written in 1939 by Ernest Vincent Wright, “Gadsby” (not to be confused with The Great Gatsby) is a rather boring novel about a man organizing a group of young people to save his dying town. Despite the novel’s dull content, a first edition is now worth over $4,000. Its value stems from the fact that out of the over 50,000 …

L’Inconnue de la Seine

Celebrated as a muse by writers and artists worldwide and used as a model for the face of CPR dummies, the death mask of “The Unknown Woman of the Seine” (French: L’Inconnue de la Seine) is said to have been commissioned by the pathologist at the morgue after the young woman drown in the 1880s.