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Authors, and artists in general, are notoriously difficult to deal with. The list of writers who created masterworks that illuminated truths about the human condition – all while behaving badly toward others in their actual lives -- is a long o...
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PoemHunter.com • 1 year ago

10 Famous Authors Who Remind Us That Great Writers Can Also Be Decent Human Beings

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John Green volunteered as a student chaplain in a children's hospital interacting with terminally-ill children.Green's friendship with a girl fighting terminal cancer helped him write "The Fault in our Stars" & dedicated it to her "humor & empathy & charisma & intelligence ...found a way into the story." He always makes videos for his fans the Nerdfighters. He created Project for Awesome. YouTube users uploaded videos promoting charities & non-profits raising $483,446.

10 Famous Authors Who Remind Us That Great Writers Can Also Be Decent Human Beings ~ First off, Margaret Atwood will retweet pretty much anything you ask her to on Twitter, to her over 400,000 followers. That's pretty nice. She is known for being a feminist (many of her female protagonists are strong women who are oppressed by the patriarchy). Atwood is also an environmental activist, and her book, "The Year of the Flood," promotes environmental awareness.

Judy Blume created a safe space for girls to talk about being girls--from masturbation & menstruation to loss of virginity & any other topic. She joined a fight against an attempted ban on Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" writing a piece on censorship: "But it's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers."

Mark Twain, anti-imperialist re: America in Philippines "I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem." Supporting abolition, civil rights & women's rights (including suffrage) he didn't think non-Caucasians received justice in the courts of law. He gave financial support to African-Americans and women in need, including Helen Keller.

The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation helps artists unable to work because poor health. King's op-ed called "Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!" railed against the superrich & America's income inequality. "My wife & I give away roughly $4 million a year to libraries, local fire departments that need updated lifesaving equipment ... schools, & ... organizations that underwrite the arts... All fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough."

Tolstoy, a difficult husband, was known for praising Russian peasants & writing about their plights. He worked with them in the fields spending time around them. In 1848, Tolstoy opened schools for the children of his serfs, wanting the children to learn because they wanted to learn. He pushed serf & education reform with the Tsar but was unsuccessful. He didn't stop offering his own serfs a chance to own their own land or continue their education.

For "her finely tuned storytelling" Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize In Literature given to "the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction." Hailed as a "master of the contemporary story" and author of 14 story collections, she is the 13th woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature & the 17th laureate born in Canada. She won 3 Governor General's Award for fiction & the 2009 Man Booker International Prize.