Author, Pirate, Poet, Spy: The Secret Criminals of Classic Literature

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Classic literature authors are primarily known for their written works (some of which became the bane of highschool students everywhere), but a few led interesting lives outside of writing. A few authors dabbled in crime – cattle theft, piracy, counterfeiting, and espionage, among others. Some stories are retold more than their works are read: Ben Jonson, England’s first poet laureate, murdered a man in a street brawl; he escaped death by hanging because he could speak Latin. Read full article here

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