So you think you know your famous writers? Not by a long shot. Here are some things you might not have wanted to know about some of your favorites. With thanks to Barnes & Nobel.
Norman Mailer ran for mayor of New York with Jimmy Breslin running along with him for City Council President in 1969. “I was so naïve, I thought I was going to win,” said Mailer who drew less than 10% of the vote. “For me, it was a religious venture. I thought God had chosen me because I had been a bad man, and I was going to pay for my sins by winning and never having an easy moment ever again.”
Naked Lunch author William Burroughs killed his wife while, he claimed, trying to shoot a glass off her head. He said if that hadn’t happened, he probably never would have written anything.
Short story master William Sydney Porter became famous under the pseudonym O. Henry, penning popular tales while serving a five-year sentence for embezzlement.
TS Eliot wore green powder on his face to make himself look even more cadaverous to visitors.
William Faulkner was such a poor public speaker that his Nobel Prize acceptance speech was considered unintelligible by the audience to which it was delivered. When it was published the next day, it was touted as one of the best Nobel acceptance speeches in history.
And finally, best quote by a writer:
“Writing is easy. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” – Red Smith