Murder, adultery, phobias, addiction, UFOs . . . from playwrights to presidents, from Michelangelo to Mary Todd Lincoln, even the most familiar historical figures had surprising escapades that didn’t make it into the textbooks. Based on the popular book series, the new Secret Lives 2019 Day-to-Day Calendar reveals outrageous anecdotes and tantalizing tales that show the hidden side of history’s cultural and political icons—and they’re all true.
Have you heard that Walt Disney was a compulsive hand-washer who cleaned his palms and fingers several times an hour? Or that First Lady Betty Ford liked to chat on CB radios? Bet your history teacher never told you that, during the Civil War, Jefferson Davis imported camels for soldiers stationed in the American southwest. Did you know that the first time writer Sylvia Plath met her future husband, she was so excited that she bit him on the face, drawing blood? (Guess it was love at first bite.) Or that Georgia O’Keefe—known for her series of flower paintings in extreme close-up that resembled sex organs—frequently worked in the nude?
This calendar contains over 300 little-known facts and anecdotes, ranging from the weird to the bizarre. Other features include questionable quotations, biographical information, and illustrated weekend pages.
Secret Lives makes a great gift for history enthusiasts, political junkies, patrons of the arts, and trivia buffs.