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Anyone who has read the Sherlock Holmes stories is familiar with the appellation “The Napoleon of crime” afforded to Professor Moriarty by Sherlock Holmes.  It is a surprise that the title occurs only once in the stories, although there is another disparaging reference to our learned Professor as this…

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1901, and Beatrix Potter submits The Tale of Peter Rabbit to a prolific publisher of children’s books, Frederick Warne and Company, who courteously refuse it. Six publishers later, and after being rejected by all of them (with or without thanks), she decides to publish the Tale herself. By December…

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