11 Charming Photographs of Famous Authors

We know them for their books, which have offered us glimpses into their lives, veiled it is true behind the fine fabrics of their fiction. And we know them through their biographies, too. But sometimes a photograph is worth indeed a thousand words… From Tolstoy to Hemigway, the lives of wonderful writers have been captured in memorable photographs…

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gabriel garcia marquez
Gabriel Garcia Marquez under the weight of his masterpiece “One Hundred Years of Solitude”
truman-capote enjoys a drink
Truman Capote, author of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” having a glass.
proust plays guitar
Marcel Proust, author of “In Search of Lost Time” plays guitar, after a fashion.
William Faulkner in a stern attitude, with pets.
Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, hunting butterflies. “My pleasures are the most intense known to man: writing and butterfly hunting,” he once said. In 2011, his theory on butterfly evolution was validated.
gb shaw
George Bernard Shaw in shorts and up to no good.
mark twain
Mark Twain engaged in deep thought, with a kitty on his shoulder.
fitzgerald Pictured here with Zelda and their daughter, Frances.
Scott F. Fitzgerald with his wife Zelda and their daughter Frances.
Leo Tolstoy telling his grandchildren a story.
kurt vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut having a blast on the beach.
hemingway kicks bear can
Ernest Hemigway kicking a beer can.

Which of these is your favorite?

PS: If I’d have to choose a favorite, it would be Tolstoy with his grandchildren.

17 thoughts on “11 Charming Photographs of Famous Authors

      1. Seriously? You have to mock that question? I had the same question. Well, I was wondering why no women, anyway. There have been so many great female authors out there.

        For favorite pictures, it’s a tie between Twain and Tolstoy. I love how much the kids seem to be enjoying their grandfather’s story, and anyone who likes cats is OK by me.

    1. From what I know of him, I think that after his mother’s death he became more “outgoing”, though I cannot say whether this photograph was taken before or after her death.

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