ON THIS DAY in 1814, The Corsair: A Tale by Lord Byron was published, and ten thousand copies were sold the first day. The next day 9,874 copies were returned by irate readers who had discovered that, notwithstanding the title page, the so-called “tale” was in fact a poem. The remaining 126 copies not returned made The Corsair the best-selling work of poetry of all time.

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  1. Thanks for this information, my homeroom classroom really enjoyed reading your “this day in history” post. We also came across another post that we enjoyed that we thought you might like http://www.thefreeresource.com/this-day-in-history-list-of-historic-events-by-date they seem to have a grow list of days organized by moth.


    Bre Matthews
    6th Grade Teacher, NC

  2. Dr. Boli is delighted to discover that he is helping to form the minds of impressionable young people. He promises not to abuse his power any more than usual.

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