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The anonymous unauthorised contemporary sequel to Don Quixote; the inflammatory lost memoirs of Lord Byron; the library buried for a thousand years; and the strange fate of the Tin Woodman’s human body parts.

Don Quixote
Honoré Daumier / Public domain

In 1614 an anonymous author wrote a sequel to Part 1 of Don Quixote, the first modern novel. This poor fanfic forced Cervantes to continue the story himself.

Richard Westall [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Lord Byron, the bad boy of Romantic literature, left behind an inflammatory memoir. But within a month of his death, the memoir was gone.

Paolo Neo / Public domain

In 1900 CE China, a monk discovered a hidden trove of ancient manuscripts – written in more than a dozen languages – that had been buried and forgotten for a thousand years.

In a sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Tin Woodman discovered a human reconstructed out of his discarded body parts.

For more unorthodox stories, lost books, forgotten authors, and oddities of world literature, begin here:

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