Dame Daphne du Maurier was a British author and playwright. Many of her works have been adapted into films, including the novels Rebecca (which won the Best Picture Oscar in 1941) and Jamaica Inn and the short stories "The Birds" and "Don't Look Now". The first three were directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Italo Calvino (1923-1985), was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy, the Cosmicomics collection of short stories, and the novels ...
Ernest Hemingway’s standing desk: A working habit he has had from the beginning, Hemingway stands when he writes. He stands in a pair of his oversized loafers on the worn skin of a lesser kudu — the typewriter and the reading board chest-high opposite him. - Paris Review, 1958
John Steinbeck (Feb 27, 1902–Dec 20, 1968), American writer widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). He also wrote a book called Travels with Charley, about a 1960 road trip with his poodle across the US in a specially made camper. As the author of 27 books, including 16 novels, 6 non-fiction books, and 5 collections of short stories, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.