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Remains of Jane Austen’s home unearthed

The remains of Jane Austen's Steventon home, where she wrote drafts of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, have been unearthed in Hampshire, UK. Debbie Charlton, of archaeologists Archaeo Briton, who led the dig, said: "Our main focus for the project is putting together the puzzle of what Jane's first

Did William Shakespeare write an anonymously published play?

An expert is claiming to have proven that William Shakespeare wrote an unattributed play about Edward III by using computer software designed to detect plagarism. Sir Brian Vickers, of the Institute of English Studies at the University of London, compared phrases used in The Reign of King Edward III, published anonymously

Edgar Allan Poe to finally get proper funeral

200 years after Edgar Allen Poe's death, the writer is about to get the burial he should have received when he died. [Thx Danielle] One hundred sixty years ago, the beleaguered, impoverished Poe was found, delirious and in distress outside a Baltimore tavern. He was never coherent enough to explain what

JRR Tolkien trained as British spy

Recently released documents disclose that JRR Tolkien, of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fame, secretly trained as a British spy in the lead up to WWII! According to previously unseen records, Tolkien trained with the top-secret Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS). He spent three days at their London HQ