Origins of Sayings - Truth is Stranger than Fiction
About the history and origins behind the famous saying truth is stranger than fiction.
Stories behind Famous Sayings
The Saying: TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION.
Who Said It: Lord Byron
The Story behind It: This line appears in Byron's poem Don Juan:
'Tis strange,-but true; for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction: if it could be told,
How much would novels gain by the exchange!
How differently the world would men behold!
In 1858 Josiah Henson (1789-1883), a Maryland-born slave, wrote an autobiography titled Truth Stranger than Fiction. Henson was supposedly the real-life Uncle Tom in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
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