Corrected entry: When the English teacher quizzes his students on who invented the paperback book, the serial and the term "cliffhanger", the answer he gives is Charles Dickens, which is wrong. Thomas Hardy invented the notion, and not in his first book but in his third, A Pair of Blue Eyes. As far as the rest is concerned, Hardy is also well-known for his serial novels, and anyway, I think paperback books and serials would rather have been invented by publishers than writers.
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