Portal:Literature/Did you know/Week 12

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... that Beatrice (pictured) is the orphaned niece of Leonato, governor of Messina, in Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing?

... that the Boulevard Saint-Michel is mentioned in quite a number of literary works?

... that Ernest Vincent Wright's novel Gadsby (1939) is an example of a lipogram?

... that Albert Camus's La Peste, Italo Calvino's Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno, Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano, and Mickey Spillane's I, the Jury were all first published in 1947?

... that Frédéric Beigbeder's 2000 novel 99 francs was retitled 14,99 euro after the introduction of the euro, and that it was published in the United Kingdom as £9.99?

... that J. B. Priestley and Marghanita Laski were involved in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament?

... that Louis Begley's latest novel, Matters of Honor (2007), is about the enduring friendship between three Harvard graduates?