What great writers read great writers
Biographies of well-known authors and writers
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People who win the Nobel Prize and an Oscar at the same time. Who are both successful as a drug dealer and as a writer worldwide. And people who, despite dropping out, become the great scholars of their nation - nothing is more exciting than the crazy and inspiring biographies of the great writers!
Below you will find short biographies of well-known writers such as Alexandre Dumas and Herman Melville, but also of somewhat more eccentric and lesser-known authors whose lives were hardly less exciting than that of their well-known colleagues.
Agnon, Samuel: The First Hebrew Nobel Prize Winner
Allende, Isabel: A fictional letter becomes a world bestseller
Arnim, Elizabeth von: The polyglot writer
Benavente, Jacinto: The Man Who Reanimated Spanish Theater
Benjamin, Walter: Was it really suicide?
Blyton, Enid: Great with all kids - except your own?
Bradbury, Ray: A Life for Science Fiction
Brontë, Emily: hyper-intelligent, but stubborn to the death
Bukowski, Charles: Sex, Drugs & Poems
Burroughs, Edgar Rice: The Little Known Author of Tarzan and John Carter
Canetti, Elias: The diva among the Nobel Prize winners
Chateaubriand, François-René de: Victor Hugo's noble idol
Dahl, Roald: Charlie's chocolate factory and a good helping of anti-Semitism
Doblin, Alfred: The forgotten grand master of literature
Dumas, Alexandre (the elder): The revolutionary as a writer
Dumas, Alexandre (the younger): The Lady of the Camellias and La Traviata
Feuerbach, Ludwig: "Man is what he eats"
Franzen, Jonathan: The Germanist
Gaarder, Jostein: The controversial
Gilbert, Elizabeth: Eat Pray Love and Coyote Ugly
Ginzburg, Natalia: The woman who only married literature lecturers
Hamsun, Knut: literary genius and Nazi sympathizer
Hemingway, Ernest: The big game hunter who claims to have shot 122 Germans first, and then himself
Humboldt, Alexander von: A great, inspiring scientist and author
Johnson, Samuel: A college dropout becomes his country's most important scholar
Kaminer, Wladimir: "The Russians are (...) gay-friendly - they just don't show it"
Larsson, Stieg: Posthumously famous
Lawrence, David Herbert: The Enfant Terrible of Literature
Lazarus, Emma: Died young, but perhaps the most widely read poet of all time
Lem, Stanislaw: The contradicting one
Löns, Hermann: dandy and conservationist
Marks, Howard: The Oxford graduate becomes a drug smuggler becomes a bestselling autobiographer
Maupassant, Guy de: The great writer does not allow us the Eiffel Tower
McCarthy, Cormac: Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and seven times filmed
Melville, Herman: The Customs Inspector and Serial Rebel
Mulisch, Harry: Me am the second World War
Oliver, Mary: Nature as a source of inspiration
Pushkin, Alexander: The national poet of Russia
Raddatz, Fritz: The Rumpelstiltskin of the literary scene
Ringelnatz, Joachim: No other artist has survived in such an original way
RothJoseph: The curriculum vitae as a sequence of fictions
Rowling, Joanne Kathleen: The novelist whose life is a novel in itself
Salten, Felix: One and the same author of "Bambi" and "Josefine Mützenbacher"
Schirrmacher, Frank: High-flyer in the downdraft?
Schlegel, August: Unsuccessful as an author, world-class as a translator
Selby, Hubert: The forbidden book of Hubert Selby
Shaw, George Bernard: The Only Person To Get An Oscar and received a Nobel Prize for Literature
Sheckley, Robert: The Master of Sci-Fi Short Stories
Shelley, Mary: A life full of changes and losses
Steel, Danielle: 5 marriages, 9 children, 22 films and 60 bestsellers
Tennyson; Alfred: The dark lord
Tolstoy, Leo: So much more than just a writer
Travers, Pamela Lynwood: Marry Poppins trusts the astrologers
Uris, Leon: 2 years of research + 1000 interviews = 1 world bestseller
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