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    Wouldn't mind following Hemingway around for a while.

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    Raymond Carver. For the whole blue collar thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent Black View Post
    Perhaps Victor Hugo. I mean, he lived in France in the 19th century, need i say more? Although admittedly the ones who go insane/ commit suicide/ descend into alcoholism etc, tend to be more interesting...
    Definitely Victor Hugo! He is more interesting than any ward full of lunatics and alcoholics.

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    Thomas Pynchon.

    He ? and then he ?. Not to mention the time that he and ? went to ? and ?ed the ?. Oh, and then ? ? ? with a ? and ? for ?, when ? ? looked and then ?! What a ?.

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    ^Yeah, that's the same reason I'd want to follow Shakespeare around. He's not my favorite, but you've got to be curious.

    As for who's life intrigues me most, that would be Lord Byron.
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    Flannery O'Connor

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    Definitely Pynchon, purely because no one really knows anything about him. But at the same time, I don't think the illusion should be broken, as i reckon he's a pretty regular guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowqueen View Post
    Here is the list of few authors whose lives have always fascinated me, Christopher Marlow, Jonathan Swift, Charles Lamb, Bronte sisters, Tolstoy, Oscar Wild, Hafiz Shirazi, Iqbal and Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

    Good to see that you included Hafiz, Iqbal and Faiz. The first two are among my favorite poets. Have you read any thing by Mir Taqi Mir? He led an interesting and troubled life.

    Sylvia Plath always intrigued me a lot. I'll say that for Ted Hughes too as their lives are so interwoven that you can't help thinking about both together. Also Kafka, Beckett and Dostoevsky are quite interesting.
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    I think Shakespeare would be a fascinating person to meet. I imagine having a conversation with him, in which he is mocking you with such eloquence and intelligence that you don't catch his insults till several minutes after he's delivered them, by which time he has already moved on to new ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyWentworth View Post
    Mark Twain is the number one person for me. No particular reason except that I like the man. So, I always like to know more about him.
    Well, he certainly lived a life worthy of biography: Mississippi riverboat pilot, desultory Confederate soldier, silver miner and newspaper writer in Nevada boom-towns, public speaker and itinerant world-wide correspondent. He was familiar with other well-known writers and people of his time, particularly Ulysses Grant.
    Last edited by Insane4Twain; 04-14-2012 at 03:11 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WICKES View Post
    I don't know why so many people revere Hemingway . . . It's not like he fought at Verdun or Passchendale.
    Come to think of it, Tolkien should be on this list.

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