Welcome to Interesting Literature, an online library of all that is most interesting and captivating about literature. Here you’ll find fun facts, interesting research into writers and their work, and blog posts which seek to capture the most fascinating facets of the literary world. So pull up a chair at this virtual library of literary wonder, and begin browsing!
About Interesting Literature
Interesting Literature was set up in 2012 by Dr Oliver Tearle, Lecturer in English at Loughborough University and freelance writer. It takes its cue from the likes of the classical author Plutarch, the seventeenth-century antiquarian John Aubrey, and the TV programme QI, among others.
The aim is simple: to uncover the little-known interesting facts about the world of books, and to shine a light on some of the more curious aspects of literature. Looked at in the right way, every novel, play, poem, short story, and author is interesting. We seek to make the study and discovery of literature a little more interesting by bringing only the most curious aspects of a writer and their work to readers, if only as a ‘way in’ to discovering that work.
In 2016, Interesting Literature also became a book, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History, a treasury of 99 miniature histories which contains all sorts of hidden gems from the world of literature, such as the ancient parody of Homer’s Iliad, the surprising identity of England’s first female dramatist, and the bestselling nineteenth-century American novel that predicted radio stations, credit cards, and electronic broadcasting. In 2017 a follow-up book, Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape, was published by John Murray.
In turn, these two books have spawned a regular Friday column, Dispatches from The Secret Library, which seeks to unearth and discuss lost, forgotten, or neglected books, alongside the reviewing of new titles in the field of literary interestingness.
Unless otherwise stated, all posts are written by Dr Oliver Tearle.
The Impact of Interesting Literature
Since it was founded in 2012, this blog has attracted readers from all over the world. It has been featured or cited in, among others, The Guardian, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Mental Floss, Psychology Today, and QI, and has been used by various schools and universities around the world, including the University of North Iowa, Campbell University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Manhattanville College, the New South Wales Department of Education, Houston Community College, the University System of Georgia, Monterey Peninsula College, and many others.
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We have over 25,000 subscribers and over 10 million visitors every year – more than three times as many as the Tower of London, albeit with less impressive buttresses.
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All articles © Oliver Tearle 2022 unless otherwise stated.