Monday, July 14, 2014

Salinger, Huxley, Murakami, Poe

Сомнительный, как все списки самого-самого; но есть кое-что интересное о моих любимых писателях.

J.D. SALINGER
"All morons hate it when you call them a moron."
Yep, Salinger had a way with words which is useful, we guess, when you're a writer.
His 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye (most of which he wrote while serving in the Second World War) was an immediate success and continues to sell around 250,000 copies a year.

He wrote to his maid once:
“Dear Mary – Please make sure all the errands are done before you go on vacation, as I do not want to bothered with insignificant things. Thank you. J.D. Salinger.”
Now, that ain't cool, but the fact that the original copy of the letter later sold for $50,000 at auction, is.

ALDOUS HUXLEY
Annoyingly talented, besides novels Aldous published travel books, histories, poems, plays, and essays on philosophy, arts, sociology, religion and morals, between doing huge amounts of psychedelic drugs.
His best known novel A Brave New World is, surely, joint top in the greatest works of science fiction alongside 1984 - which was written by George Orwell, a former student of Huxley's, no less.
Worth remembering, also, that Huxley appears on the album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and if you're cool enough for The Beatles, you're cool enough for us.

HARUKI MURAKAMI
Not only is he one of the planet's finest authors but he is, at 65, still a marathon-running ironman. We admire the way he keeps a low profile, shying away from his own runaway literary successes and refuses to provide quotes for the covers of other authors' books - something we've always found a bit dodgy:
"We need critiques in this world, for sure," he said. "But it’s just not my job."
Rather brilliantly he has no idea how his books are going to end when he starts writing them.
"If I know who the killer is, there’s no purpose to writing the story," he told The Guardian.
Book to buy? "Norwegian Wood".

EDGAR ALLAN POE
Considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre, Poe also did a huge amount for the emergence of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a pretty crappy financial existence.
Still, when the money's bad and the pressure's on, authors tend to pull out their best work. Edgar's was his 1845, poem "The Raven" which appeared in the Evening Mirror and became a smash hit. Though it made Poe a household name over night he was paid only $9 for its publication.
Poe didn't just write brilliant. During his lifetime, he was best recognised as a brutal literary critic and his reviews earned him the epithet "Tomahawk Man". As nicknames go, that's cool.

From comments:
I think the list of "coolest authors of all time" should be global. And yet almost all of these guys wrote in English (not to mention that they only come from the previous two centuries). That doesn't seem right.

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