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12-13-2010, 08:17 PM
10 Works of Literature That Were Really Hard to Write

1. The Story That Will Never Be an e-Book
Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright
Some might call Gadsby a “love” story. But Ernest Vincent Wright wouldn’t have used that word. Instead, he described his novel as a story of “strong liking” and “throbbing palpitation.” That’s because in 1939, Wright gave himself one restriction: He promised to write Gadsby without using the letter E.

2. The Tale Told in the Blink of an Eye
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Many authors have struggled through illness and injury to write their masterpieces, but none more so than Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French fashion magazine Elle. In 1995, at the age of 43, Bauby suffered a major stroke and slipped into a coma. He regained consciousness two days later, but his entire body—with the exception of his left eyelid—was paralyzed

3. The Poetry of Speed
Transcendence-Perfection by Sri Chinmoy
Before his death in 2007, Indian spiritual master Sri Chinmoy wrote at least 1,000 books, 20,000 songs, and 115,000 poems. Some he penned in his mother tongue, Bengali, and some in his second language, English. His poems won numerous awards and inspired countless writers and musicians. And while Sri Chinmoy was clearly a fast writer, he was never as quick as on November 1, 1975, when he wrote Transcendence-Perfection, a collection of 843 poems—all written in 24 hours
5. Six Powerful Words
“Baby Shoes” by Ernest Hemingway
According to legend, Ernest Hemingway created the shortest short story ever told. While having lunch at New York City’s famous Algonquin Round Table, Hemingway bragged that he could write a captivating tale—complete with beginning, middle, and end—in only six words. His fellow writers refused to believe it, each betting $10 that he couldn’t do it. Hemingway quickly scribbled six words down on a napkin and passed it around


12-14-2010, 09:06 PM
J.R.R Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" series isn't on that list. Tolkien used his literary skill to actually INVENT the eleven language which had never been done before.

This is a bogus list without him on it.

12-14-2010, 09:12 PM
It would be cave man literature, chipped in stone with another rock, now that there is hard!

12-14-2010, 09:23 PM
Interesting thread about stuff I didn't know.