Questions tagged [literature]

written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit.

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Are rape victims forced to marry their rapist, according to the Old Testament?

(Copied from http://www.theliberaloc.com/2012/05/14/traditional-marriage-according-to-the-bible/) Relevant portion of the text: Marriage = Rapist and His Victim (Deuteronomy 22:28-29) Virgin ...
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Who wrote Shakespeare's plays?

One of the premises of a new film, "Anonymous", due to come out in a couple of weeks, is that Shakespeare's plays were authored by Edward de Vere, instead of by Shakespeare. The producers have also ...
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Was the name "Wendy" created for Peter Pan?

I ran across something odd today... I have an iPhone app that lists facts, trivia, and other useless information (it's called Cool Facts, downloaded from iTunes). So far, nothing I've found on it ...
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Did the cat-o'-nine-tails' bag ever exist?

There are numerous instances on the Internet and in Google books, which claim the cat-o'-nine-tails, a late 17th century instrument of punishment used by the Royal Navy, was kept in a bag. It is said ...
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Did Americans coin the phrase "to make money"?

This claim comes from a work of fiction but it is often repeated as true by fiscally conservative individuals who respect the author. In Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, a character named Francisco gives a ...