In today’s world, with the Internet, the daily life of writers is often truthfully displayed in front of the world. However, this was not the case in the old world. Years ago, in an era without the Internet, it often took a lot of effort to discover anecdotes about a writer or celebrity.
Some of the most talented writers in the world are famous for their outstanding works, but their personal lives are another matter. The living conditions of the ten writers described below are both very interesting and totally different. Although there are countless anecdotes about them, these ten are arguably the most exciting.
Hemingway survived two crashes
The life experience of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) is incredible. Just look at what this person has done in his life, and you will find that it is difficult to find the most interesting thing in this life. During World War I, he worked as an ambulance driver and won the Italian Silver Medal for Bravery and the Bronze Star. Then, during the Spanish Civil War, he became a war journalist. Later, during World War II, he was a reporter for Time magazine-it is not too much to say that this man’s life was extraordinary, but the two air crashes in 1954 almost let him end his life early.
When the first air crash occurred, he and his wife were taking a sightseeing charter flight from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, to Murchison Falls on the lower reaches of the Victoria Nile in Uganda. The plane they were travelling in crashed into a telephone pole. The passengers and crew on the plane needed medical treatment. Later, they changed to another plane and headed to the southern city of Entebbe in Uganda. However, the plane exploded on the airport runway, and Hemingway was seriously injured. However, when the couple finally arrived in Entebbe by truck, local journalists had reported Hemingway’s death, and the result was that the couple could live to read their obituaries.
Stephen King does not remember that he wrote “The Bad Omen”
Stephen King (1947—) is one of the most prolific contemporary thriller novelists. During his half-century writing career, he has written nearly 100 novels. If he can’t remember every detail in all aspects of the novel, that’s forgivable. However, Jin does not even remember a book he wrote, and it is one of his masterpieces, which is a bit weird. In 1981, Jin wrote “Erz” (later adapted into a movie, and translated into Chinese as “The Cry of the Dog”). It was the 11th novel he wrote, but he could not remember that he had written this book before, or even think about it. How did he send this book for publication.
Regarding this blank in his memory, King explained in his book “On Writing”: “I don’t even remember that I once wrote this book about the novel “Oh.” I feel proud or ashamed of this book, but vaguely regret and lose. I like this book. I hope I can remember my good memories when I wrote this book.” Jin also explained that the process of writing this book The memory gap is due to his alcoholism and cocaine addiction. At that time, he had to drink a case of beer every night, but since then he has changed his mind. In recent decades, Jindi has not touched.
Jack Kerouac never learned to drive
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was a prolific writer. By the time he died of acute liver injury in 1969, he had written a total of 20 novels. Although a long list of books can be listed, Kerouac’s masterpiece is “On the Road” published in September 1957. He was praised for his excellent portrayal of the “Beat Generation”. This book is very similar to Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises”, which portrays the “lost generation”. Kerouac created “On the Road” based on his travel experience throughout the United States, and it has been selling well since then.
Kerouac’s second novel, “On the Road”, helped the existing “Beat Generation” in the United States establish its social status. However, the most incredible thing about this book and its author Kerouac is that the author has never learned to drive. A writer wrote a book about traveling around the United States. He didn’t even have a driver’s license, and he didn’t want to have a driver’s license. Kerouac traveled everywhere, mainly relying on his friend Neil Kesedi and the bus, and he never drove himself, which is very surprising, especially considering that he once wrote this sentence: ” When you drove away from the crowd, people drifted away on the plain until you saw them scattered into spots.”
George Eliot is actually a woman writer
George Eliot (1819-1880) was an outstanding novelist in Victorian England. The seven novels she wrote are known for their realism and insight into the soul, especially “Middlemarch”, which is hailed as one of the greatest novels in history. Eliot’s novel has been incredibly successful, but many readers do not know that George Eliot is just a pseudonym, and the author’s real name is Mary Ann Evans. Although in the middle and late 19th century, women could use their own names to write books, but she still chose to convince everyone that her books were written by men.
Most of the female writers at the time wrote romance novels. If you have read a book “written” by George Eliot, you will find that the books written by this person are all about rural life in England. She decided to write under a pen name in order to allow the world to take her novel seriously, but there is another reason. In addition to writing, Evans is also a well-known editor and critic, and she wants to separate her novel from her independent career. She may also want to separate her novel from her private life, lest her relationship with a married man becomes a scandal.
Kafka never wrote a complete book
Most people understand Franz Kafka (1883-1924) by reading his famous short story “The Metamorphosis” when he was in high school. Since his death in 1924, his writing style has influenced the entire literary world, and he is one of the most outstanding literary masters in the modernist movement of the 20th century. He uses extremely grotesque and bizarre scenes to tell stories, and the subject matter of the story is often something that most writers try to avoid. The uniqueness of his works gave birth to a new term “Kafka style” to describe works similar to his creative style.
Although Kafka was one of the most famous writers in his life, he never really finished a novel, even though he saw several of his books published in his life. Three of his novels were compiled and published by his friend and manuscript custodian Max Brod after his death. As it happens, Kafka originally asked his friend Broad to destroy the manuscripts of his unfinished novels and other works. However, the latter refused to execute Kafka’s will, but instead used the notes left by Kafka. Based on his knowledge of Kafka himself, the latter completed the writing of these three novels and published them in print, making them continue to circulate. to date.
Tolkien compiled the “New English Dictionary”
John Ronald Riel Tolkien (1892-1973) was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, but he was also a poet, linguist, and university professor. He created a Middle-earth world in the field of fantasy literature through works such as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the Silmarillion. Tolkien’s works continue to influence all aspects of fantasy novel creation, so he is often hailed as the “father of modern fantasy literature.” Although his fantasy novels are famous all over the world, as a scholar, he also participated in the compilation of the “New English Dictionary” after the end of his service in World War I.
Tolkien’s English dictionary editing work was his first civilian job after leaving the army. He spent a lot of time studying the history and etymology of English words beginning with the letter W. His specialty is the study of English words in German etymology. He allowed the world to better understand the meaning of English words like “walrus”, “shell beaded”, “swing back and forth (or up and down)”. Profound language skills are one of Tolkien’s strengths. After he completed his lexicon compilation work, in the 1920s, he spent most of his time translating “Beowulf”, and this translation was close to his completion. It was published 90 years later in 2014.
Sir Conan Doyle believes in supernatural phenomena
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859—1930) was both a writer and a doctor. He became famous in 1887 for successfully portraying the character Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is one of the most famous literary figures in history because he has become the subject of numerous novels, short stories, TV series and movies. Sherlock Holmes most attracted readers is that he used logic and reasoning to reveal the truth of the mystery, and this also earned him the reputation of the greatest detective in the world. When you know the nature of Holmes, and then learn that its author, Sir Doyle, is a believer in mysticism and the supernatural world, you may be surprised.
Through these common hobbies, Doyle became a close friend of the most famous magic master of all time, Harry Houdini. The latter once opened up to his friend (and fans) Doyle, saying that his magic was the product of illusions and tricks, but Doyle just didn’t believe it. Doyle believes that Houdini has supernatural abilities that enable him to do amazing and magical things. Houdini dislikes Doyle’s statement, because he firmly opposed the spiritism of the 1920s. He often exposes the psychic as a liar, and Doyle insists that Houdini has supernatural abilities, which eventually leads to open and brutal quarrels between the two of them.
Alcott fought in the American Civil War
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) wrote numerous novels and short stories. She is one of the most famous American novelists in the 19th century. Throughout her career, Alcott’s writings were equal, and the novel “Little Women” established her position in the history of literature. The background of this novel is the residence of Alcott’s family in Concord, Massachusetts. The content of the novel is largely based on the author’s early life, but does not involve some interesting facts of her time. Although Alcott did publish a large number of short stories and letters over the years, many aspects of the author’s life are not mentioned in the works.
Alcott’s writing career began in The Atlantic Monthly in 1860, but after the outbreak of the American Civil War, she volunteered for the war. From 1862 to 1863, she worked as a nurse at the United Hospital in Georgetown, District of Columbia. She originally planned to work there for three months, but after working for one and a half months, she contracted typhoid and almost died. The letters she wrote during that period were revised and published in the “Federal Newspaper” in Boston, and later collected and published in a volume called “Hospital Essays.” These works have brought her universal praise from the critics and ensured her lasting writing career.
Pasternak refuses to win the Nobel Prize in Literature
Boris Pasternak (1890—1960) is one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century. His early poetry works opened the door for him to enter the palace of literature, enabling him to write a story that took place between the Russian Revolution in 1905 and the Second World War. This book is “Doctor Zhivago”, and this book has an interesting story with Pasternak. Since the Soviet Union banned the publication of this book, Pasternak tried to smuggle the manuscript to Italy for publication in 1957. The following year, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Nobel Prize in Literature is one of the most desired awards for every writer, but in the end Pasternak refused to accept it. The fact is that he has no choice, because at the time the authorities forced him to refuse to accept the award. He expressed this decision in a telegram, which said: “In view of the interpretation of the purpose of this award by the society I belong to, I must reject the award that I was awarded but I should not receive. Please do not I was unhappy because of my voluntary refusal.” His descendants finally accepted the Nobel Prize in Literature in his name in 1988, and since 2003, “Doctor Zhivago” has become a teaching material in Russian schools.
The plot of “Nineteen Eighty Four” was “borrowed” by Orwell
George Orwell (1903-1950) was one of the most respected British novelists in the first half of the 20th century. His two most famous books are “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty Four.” The latter tells of a dystopian future society in which people sacrifice personal freedom in exchange for security, replace historical facts with lies that cater to others, and use redefined (or forbidden) words to destroy freedom of thought and speech . The subsequent use of large-scale surveillance systems by authoritarian countries reflects the worst possible scenario in any society.
”Nineteen Eighty Four” is undoubtedly Orwell’s most important work, but unexpectedly, he “borrowed” the concept from another novel. A few years before the publication of this book, he published an article commenting on Yevgeny Zamiakin’s work “We”. The background of the book is “1000 years after a certain country has been in power through a revolution.” In fact, Orwell was critical of the book “We”. He even pointed out: “In general, the content of this book is more in line with our own situation.” He believes that the content of Zamiakin’s book is unorganized. Well, so, three years after he finished writing the book review, he wrote some of the concepts of the book into his work “Nineteen Eighty Four.”