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“Dracula’s Dungeon” Unearthed in Turkey

Turkish archaeologists say they have discovered dungeons that once held Vlad the Impaler, the real-life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Nathaniel Hawthorne

On the 150th anniversary of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s death, explore 10 surprising facts about the famed American novelist.

A pocket-sized edition of "Doctor Zhivago" printed by the CIA, but attributed to a fictitious French publisher.

CIA Used “Dr. Zhivago” as Cold War Weapon

Recently declassified Cold War-era documents reveal how the Central Intelligence Agency used the epic novel “Dr. Zhivago” as a tool to undermine the Soviet Union.

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The Dark Side of the Grimm Fairy Tales

On the 150th anniversary of Jacob Grimm’s death, explore six sinister themes in his work you likely wouldn’t find in a modern-day children’s story.

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History’s Most Famous Literary Hoaxes

Thirty years after the Hitler Diaries were exposed as a fraud, here’s a look back at some of history’s other famous fictions.

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7 Things You May Not Know About the Nobel Prizes

The Nobel Prizes, awarded annually on the anniversary of founder Alfred Nobel’s death, remain some of the most prestigious awards in the world.

Theodore Seuss Geisel

9 Things You May Not Know About Dr. Seuss

In honor of Theodore Geisel’s birthday, here are some facts you may not know about the author of “The Cat in the Hat.”

Charles Dickens

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Charles Dickens

On the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, explore seven fascinating facts about the English novelist and his extraordinary life.

Miguel de Cervantes

In Search of “Don Quixote” Creator’s Lost Bones

Experts are scouring a Madrid convent for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes, hoping to reconstruct the author’s face and determine his cause of death.