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The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis, and we'd have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads. ~William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958 Photo of James Ellroy

Darkness Visible 'William Styron suffered from episodes of major depression, once facing hospitalization for it. Darkness Visible is his memoir of that experience. It is as cuttingly brief and eloquent a literary description of the deep suffering of depression as you are likely to find.'

A story set in Japan about a woman who realizes she has crossed into a parallel existence- 1Q84 as she calls it- and a fiction writer tasked with rewriting the novella of a 17 year old student. A very good book.

Madeline L'Engle, most famous for A Wrinkle In Time - was able to hear her speak in person only once and had her autograph a book to my (at that time) future grandchildren!

This May 11, 2011 UK Guardian features photos of 18 authors with their typewriters. The article ran as the era of the typewriter was coming to a close. The photos features Agatha Christie with towers of her own novels. Interesting fact: Mark Twain was the first author to submit a typewritten manuscript to a publisher -- Life on the Mississippi in 1883.

Sylvia Plath. Quite a dish for being one of the greatest female writers in the world.

10 Contemporary Japanese Writers You Should Know: Banana Yoshimoto

Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who keeps four notebooks. One, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier years. The red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine relives part of her own experience. In a blue one she keeps a personal diary. In love with an American writer and threatened with insanity, Anna resolves to bring all together in a golden notebook.

Victor Hugo 🔅 Lui... L'uomo che scrive come nessun altro. Colui capace di toccare corde che nessun altro sa toccare.