Last week it was female authors. This week it’s the men’s turn. Here are 15 bizarre male author facts.
Did you know that:
There is an asteroid named after Kurt Vonnegut.
Victor Hugo wrote The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Misérables in the nude. Hugo would order his valet to hide his clothes until after he had finished writing.
Only 10 people attended D. H. Lawrence’s funeral. 1 of them was Aldous Huxley.
Billy Wilder’s epitaph is – I’m a writer but then nobody’s perfect.
William Burroughs accidentally killed his partner Joan Vollmer by shooting her in the head.
On his marriage document in 1582, William Shakespeare’s name was spelled William Shagspeare.
American music critic and author Gustav Kobbé’s was out sailing when a seaplane misjudged its descent and struck his boat, killing him.
American playwright Tennessee Williams died from swallowing a bottle of eye drops.
In 1912 Ambrose Bierce invented 1 of the earliest emoticons, the snigger point, written as \ ___ /! It was designed to look like a smiling mouth.
Vladimir Nabokov had a ‘genitalia’ cabinet, in which he stored his collection of male butterfly genitalia.
Dr Seuss included the word ‘contraceptive’ in a draft of his children’s book Hop on Pop to make sure the publisher was concentrating.
On his deathbed when asked by the priest to renounce Satan, Voltaire allegedly said, ‘Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.’
John Boyne claims to have written The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas in only 2 and a half days.
Henry David Thoreau’s last words were allegedly, ‘Moose. Indian.’ Perhaps not the most rational last words ever uttered, but apt, considering the subject matter of Thoreau’s writing.
Vladimir Nabokov had a fixation with index cards. The majority of his novels were written out on cards with a pencil. Nabokov also wrote standing up.
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