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Famous Writers and Their Weird Habits

written by: Eve
Many well-known authors are notorious for their peculiar daily routines and odd rituals. Here are some of them.

Question 1:

This author took a liking to the color purple and wrote most of Mrs. Dalloway in purple ink.
Gertrude Stein
Virginia Woolf
Emily Brontë
Edith Wharton

Question 2:

For decades, this widely read French author penned all of his fiction on a particular shade of blue paper, his poetry on yellow, and his articles on pink.
Alexandre Dumas, père
Jules Verne
Victor Hugo
Honoré de Balzac

Question 3:

Name the best-selling author of Inferno, who has revealed that when facing a lack of inspiration he hangs upside down to get the creative juices flowing again.
Dan Brown
Umberto Eco
Philip Pullman
Sidney Sheldon

Question 4:

This author fueled his creative writing by consuming innumerable cups of coffee and barely slept while writing his magnum opus, La Comedie Humaine.
Vladimir Nabokov
Honoré de Balzac
Emile Zola

Question 5:

In an interview, this author, who was portrayed on film by Philip Seymour Hoffman, stated “I am a completely horizontal author. I can’t think unless I’m lying down, either in bed or stretched on a couch and with a cigarette and coffee handy."
Jack Kerouak
Truman Capote
Ernest Hemingway
Ken Kessey

Question 6:

This novelist, poet and playwright liked lounging in the passenger seat of her Model T Ford named "Aunt Pauline", penning prose while her partner Alice Toklas drove around doing errands.
Zelda Fitzgerald
Gertrude Stein
Mary Shelley
Virginia Wolf

Question 7:

What writer became enamored of cats in Cuba, keeping dozens of them on the property and calling them “purr factories” and “love sponges”?
Gertrude Stein
Herman Melville
Ernest Hemingway
Willieam Faulkner

Question 8:

When he was facing a tight schedule for his novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this famous writer allegedly instructed his valet to confiscate all his clothes so he wouldn't able to leave the house.
Gustave Flaubert
Miguel de Cervantes
François Rabelais
Victor Hugo

Question 9:

A spokesman for aestheticism, this Irish author decorated his rooms with peacock feathers, lilies, sunflowers and blue china.
James Joyce
Jonathan Swift
Oscar Wilde
Thomas Hardy

Question 10:

Fascinated by birds of all kinds, this writer raised ducks, ostrich, emus, toucans, and any sort of exotic bird she could obtain. She described her peacocks in the essay "The King of the Birds."
Flannery O'Connor
Harper Lee
Sylvia Plath
Iris Murdoch


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