William Shakespeare wrote his first play The Taming of the Shrew in 1593.

The first novel sold through a vending machine – at the Paris Metro – was Murder on the Orient Express.

The first English dictionary was written by Samuel Johnson in 1755.

The first history book, the Great Universal History, was published by Rashid-Eddin of Persia in 1311.

Ernest Vincent Wright’s 1939 novel Gadsby has 50,110 words, none of which contains the letter “e.”

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