Technology as Nature is a very interesting blog that always offers food for thought.
To be a great writer you nearly have to have lead an interesting life,
says the blog’s author in a recent post. I always make an effort not to find out about the lives of writers I like, so I’m not sure how true that is. Let’s join forces and share what we know about the lives of authors whose work we enjoy.
Jane Austen definitely had the most boring life ever.
Anthony Trollope held a demanding full-time job while churning out one lengthy novel after another.
Maybe somebody could see Dostoyevsky’s life as exciting due to his gambling addiction but I see it mostly as miserable and drab. Endless poverty, endless efforts to pay the bills. Sounds very unenviable.
Juan Goytisolo narrates his life in a way that makes it sound fun but, as for actual events, I don’t know. He traveled a lot, so maybe that counts.
Hemingway’s life was fun but I don’t consider him a good writer.
Of course, Cervantes had a life and a half, so in his case the quoted statement bears out.
My most favorite writer in the world, Volodimir Vinnychenko, had a fascinating existence. He went from a family of illiterate starving workers to become the Prime Minister of the Ukrainian Republic and the most famous Ukrainian writer of his time – and all that without any formal schooling.
Do you know about anybody else’s life?
The reason why I’m getting so hung up on the linked post is that I just discovered that the Russian poet Lermontov owned two slaves. To me it means that I will not be reading this particular poet aloud to Eric. And I really liked his poetry. But now it’s all spoiled for me.
Some people know how to narrate the most trivial, insignificant little events in a manner that makes them sound fascinating. And then there are those who experience fascinating things but don’t know how to put them in words in a way that would make anybody interested in reading about them.