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1. Vladimir Nabokov wrote Lolita on notecards while traveling on butterfly-collecting trips in the U.S.
2. Vladimir's wife Vera prevented him from burning the unfinished drafts of Lolita.
3. 50 Shades of Grey is Britain's best-selling book of all time.
4. Where's Waldo was originally banned in America for including an illustration of a topless woman.
5. Dan Brown was a pop singer and songwriter before writing The Da Vinci Code.
6. Margaret and H.A. Rey built bicycles from spare parts to escape from a Nazi invasion in Paris while carrying the manuscript for Curious George.
7. Herman Melville's Moby-Dick was originally published without the epilogue because of a printer failure.
8. Of Mice and Men was originally titled Something that Happened.
9. Steinbeck's puppy also ate the original manuscript to his classic novel.
10. Alexandre Dumas hired a ghostwriter to help write The Three Musketeers.
11. Franz Kafka asked his friend to burn all of his work. The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika were published against Kafka's will.
12. Peter Pan allegedly killed the Lost Boys when they got too old.
13. The royalties from Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf go directly to the Bavarian government.
14. The Harry Potter books are the most banned books in America.
15. Alice in Wonderland was originally banned in China for having talking animals.
16. Aladdin was originally Chinese in The Arabian Nights.