Throughout history many great works of literary fiction and scientific inquiry have been lost to the ages. We’ve seen libraries torched by invading armies, first drafts of iconic novels destroyed or lost, and important religious texts hidden or supressed because of their explosive content.
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As we’ve mentioned on this channel before, it is still unknown whether Plato’s Atlantis was a real place or some sort of metaphor. But if we could track down his long-lost book Hemocrates, we might just find out.
The story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stephenson is one of the greatest works of fiction of the 19th Century, telling the tale of a pleasant scientific man whose use of a potion occasionally turns him into a deranged murderous maniac. But, shortly after Robert Louis Stephenson finished the first draft, his wife Fanny hurled it into a fireplace, so what we’ve all been reading is actually an entire redraft of the original story.
“The problem with quotes on the internet is that they are often not true.” – a quote of course attributed to Abraham Lincoln, but did you know there’s an extremely famous and powerful speech once performed by Lincoln for which there are no quotes, and no transcripts available whatsoever?
If you’re a high-school kid currently wading your way through the oceans of literary treacle known as the works of Shakespeare then we’ve got some bad news for you, there may be another as-yet undiscovered play waiting for you to remember and recite for no good reason.
The number of Christian books of the Bible ranges between 66 and 81, the Hebrew Bible contains 24 books, and the Islamic Quran contains 114 chapters. So it may seem like we’ve got enough material to keep fuelling these ever so fun religious conflicts we’ve got going on right now, but in reality there is a wealth of material lost from each of the Abrahamic religious texts, and we know this because they say so themselves.
Philip K Dick is considered one of the greatest Science Fiction writers of all time, with some of the most iconic films and TV shows in history drawing on his work. Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, Minority Report and The Man in the High Castle were all based on Dick’s stories, but in his early career he considered his Science Fiction work as “merely something to pay the bills”.
The Marquis de Sade, was an 18th and 19th Century author of novels, plays and political writings which contained a deeply violent sexual element. The words sadism and sadist, which refer to the deriving of sexual pleasure from violent acts, are drawn from the Marquis’ name, with his works becoming synonymous with the world of BDSM. Unlike the work of EL James, whose 50 Shades of Grey novels have become synonymous with crappy dialogue and soccer moms who think fluffy handcuffs are totes kinky.
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