Tuesday, May 15, 2018

FACTS ABOUT AUTHORS

I have been watching the series, "Genius: Picasso" who did receive formal training in art, it never quite met his artistic needs. In fact, the schooling was actually blocking his creativity. This got me to thinking about famous authors and found out that many have not had any formal training. I also learned some other facts which were quite intriguing and enlightening.

                                    INTERESTING AND NOT SO WELL-KNOWN FACTS 
                                            ABOUT WELL-KNOWN AUTHORS:

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WILLIAM FAULKNER 
        WAS A HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUT AND AN ALCOHOLIC. HE WROTE SOUTHERN GOTHIC LITERATURE BASED ON HIS MYTHOLOGICAL ANCESTORS.  HE WON A PULITZER PRIZE IN LITERATURE.


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VIRGINIA WOOLF 
        WAS AN ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS LONG BEFORE IT WAS POPULAR. SHE CHALLENGED THE STRICT SEXUAL MORALS OF HER ERA AND HAD SEVERAL AFFAIRS WITH WOMEN. SHE DID SUFFER FROM MENTAL ILLNESS AND EVENTUALLY COMMITTED SUICIDE.







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CHARLES DICKENS  

       WROTE ABOUT THE DIRTY AND IMPOVERISHED SLUMS IN WHICH HE GREW UP. THUS THE ADJECTIVE "DICKENSIAN" CAME ABOUT DESCRIBING SUCH LIVING CONDITIONS.  HE QUICKLY ROSE TO FAME AND FORTUNE WITH THE PUBLICATION OF HIS BOOKS.




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MARY SHELLEY    
       WROTE THE BOOK, FRANKENSTEIN WHEN SHE WAS ONLY 18 AND IT WAS PUBLISHED TWO YEARS LATER. SHE HAD AN AFFAIR WITH PERCY SHELLEY AND THEY LATER MARRIED AFTER THE SUICIDE OF HIS WIFE.



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JRR TOLKIEN    

        WORKED FOR TWO YEARS AT THE OXFORD DICTIONARY. KNOWN WORDS FOR HIM ARE 'WALRUS' AND 'WAGGLE'. HE COULD READ BY THE AGE OF 4 AND WRITE FLUENTLY SHORTLY AFTER. HIS FATHER DIED WHEN JRR WAS 4 AND AT AGE 12 HIS MOTHER DIED.





SO WHAT ARE WE AS NEW INDEPENDENT AUTHORS TO LEARN FROM THESE FACTS?
       1. Never give up.
       2. Write from your heart and imagination.
       3. Though we might have behaviors or habits not acceptable by society, we can still be accomplished writers.
       4. Even if we might be alcoholic we may well still have the gift of writing.
       5. High school or college education in themselves may not make you a great writer.


https://www.rd.com/culture/fascinating-facts-about-famous-authors/
https://booksonthewall.com/blog/10-interesting-facts-10-famous-authors/

2 comments:

  1. Wow! That was a fascinating post. I loved the look back at all these authors and some of their history. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Mae. It was interesting for me to learn about these particular authors. I know there are many more I could learn about.
      It is good to hear from you. Would you like to do a guest post sometime? Let me know via my email at kareningalls1941@gmail.com

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