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

    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.

    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.

    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."

    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."

    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.

    In 1934, Ernest Hemingway scribbled a reading list and passed it to an aspiring young writer as recommendations -- read any?

    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.

    Umberto Eco.

    explore-blog: In 1964, Carson McCullers wrote a little-known and lovely children’s book with a strong existential bend and an undercurrent of science and astronomy

    October 28, 1853: Thoreau’s Journal Entry on Not Finding a Publisher and What Success Really Means

    Awesome Pulp Paperback Redesigns of Classic Novels from Flavorwire. The Pride and Prejudice one is my favorite!

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    Ernest Hemingway

    'It's always the librarian' by The 10 cent designer: What a great shot! Thanks to photographer Lori Andrews! #Photography #Librarian #The_10_Cent_Designer #Lori_Andrews

    "Dig" poster by Sadie Wendell Mitchell, 1909

    Falling Bookstore, Cologne, Germany © Antony Oliver (photographer) aka Leithcote via Flickr. Request to license Leithcote's photos via Getty Images.