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You love the movie. Did you go out and buy the book?” And Granny invariably says, “Well, no, I didn’t.” And I say to Granny, “Then what the fuck good are you to me?”

John Updike 1962 (W. Earl Snyder)

Oscar Wilde with Lord Alfred Douglas (‘Bosie’).

Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. His first three books gained much contemporary attention (the first, Typee, becoming a bestseller), and after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten. It was not until the "Melville Revival" in…

Charles Robert Darwin, by John Collier, c. 1881-1883.

Gatsby's heartbreaker: Self-destructive love affair of F. Scott Fitzgerald which is Hollywood blockbuster once more was inspired by a fatal obsession with his first love

Born Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald September 24, 1896 St. Paul, Minnesota, United States Died December 21, 1940 (aged 44) Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States Occupation novelist, short story writer, poet Nationality American Period 1920–40 Spouse(s) Zelda (Sayre) Fitzgerald (1920–1940; his death)

Sam Shepard

“It all came down to money - the great equalizer and common denominator.” - James Ellroy

William Faulkner and Eudora Welty: William Faulkner and Eudora Welty

Raymond Chandler, one of the founders of hard boiled pulp crime & LA noir detective fiction! Born in 1888.