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23 Famous Authors’ Last Words

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Fascinating Photos of Famous Authors as Teenagers

A 17-year-old Ernest Hemingway as a high school junior. http://flavorwire.com/379730/16-fascinating-photos-of-famous-authors-as-teenagers

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7 Better-Than-Beach-Reads About Famous Writers

Abba Abba, by Anthony Burgess, tells the story of the last months of John Keats’ life, which he spent dying of consumption in Rome. Burgess was a bit obsessed with Keats, which shows in this short little book.

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12 Writers On The Women Authors Who Inspired Them

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The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers

Odd Type Writers: From Joyce and Dickens to Wharton and Welty, the Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors. Celia Blue Johnson.

13 Nobel Prize In Literature Winners You Should Read ~ Gabriel García Márquez ~ The Columbian writer made magical realism a popular thing, and we are so grateful.

13 Nobel Prize In Literature Winners You Should Read ~ Naguib Mahfouz ~ The first Egyptian writer to tackle Existentialism, Mahfouz introduces Arabic language and contemporary Egyptian culture to the West.

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9 Beloved Books That Almost Never Saw The Light Of Day

9 Beloved Books That Almost Never Saw The Light Of Day ~ "Carrie" by Stephen King ~ "Carrie" wasn't Stephen King's first book (in fact, it was his fourth), but it was his first to be published. He's since called it a "young book by a young writer," claiming he "didn't expect much" from the title. Said King: "Who'd want to read a book about a poor little girl with menstrual problems? I couldn't believe I was writing it."

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9 Beloved Books That Almost Never Saw The Light Of Day

9 Beloved Books That Almost Never Saw The Light Of Day ~ "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole ~ Toole sent his manuscript to many publishers, who didn't see its worth. The rejections were crushing to the writer, who eventually committed suicide. His mother tracked down a copy & sent it to more publishers & coaxed Walker Percy, an author from the same city, to read the book. Once it had his backing, it was not only published, but Toole was awarded the Pulitzer Prize posthumously.

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…

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12 Gorgeous Business Cards For Famous Historical Figures

Historical Figures Get a Branding Makeover With Modern Business Cards Online stationer MOO imagines business cards and letterhead designs for famous historical figures.

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.

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.

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."

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Thoreau on the Greatest Gift of Growing Old

“It would be a truer discipline for the writer to … clear a new field instead of manuring the old.” Henry David Thoreau

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Susan Sontag on Literature and Freedom

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The Most Stylish People in Literature

Gay Talese. Posiblemente, uno de los mejores cronistas del periodismo moderno.