Pilfering Poetry from his Dead Wife’s Grave

Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet, painter and artist born in 1828. Grief stricken upon the death of his wife and model, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Eleanor Siddal, he surreptitiously buried the only copy of his most recent manuscript-in-progress with her.

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 …

Mark Twain’s Famous Friends

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as the writer Mark Twain, had many surprising friends. Among those he called friends were his neighbor Harrier Beecher Stowe, Helen Keller, and Nikola Tesla.