Anne Sexton wrote To Bedlam and Part Way Back (1960), Transformations (1971), and The Death Notebooks (1974), as well as Live or Die (1967) for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. In 1974, despite a very successful writing career, she lost her lifelong battle with depression and, at the age of 46, committed suicide.
One of Tennessee Williams greatest plays, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, contains characters named "Big Daddy" and "Big Mama." These roles were played in the original Broadway production by Burl Ives and Mildred Dunnock.
Ray Bradbury and his publishers thought The Fireman was a boring title, so they called a local fire station and asked what temperature paper burned at. The firemen put Bradbury on hold while they burned a book, then reported back, and the rest is history.
Elwin Ransom, the protagonist of C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet (1938), Perelandra (1943), and That Hideous Strength (1945)), is an expert in languages and medieval literature, unmarried, wounded in World War I, and apparently based on Lewis' friend and fellow Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien.
The smallest book in the Welsh National Library is Old King Cole. The miniscule volume is one of only 85 copies printed by Scottish publishers in 1985 and can only be read using a microscope. It measures 1mm x 1mm and the pages can only be turned with a needle.
In July 1995, the company began service and sold its first book on Amazon.com: Douglas Hofstadter's Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.