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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.
Victor Hugo
Alexandre Dumas, père
Honoré de Balzac
Jules Verne

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.
Sidney Sheldon
Philip Pullman
Dan Brown
Umberto Eco

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.
Honoré de Balzac
Emile Zola
Vladimir Nabokov

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."
Ken Kessey
Truman Capote
Ernest Hemingway
Jack Kerouak

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.
Gertrude Stein
Virginia Wolf
Zelda Fitzgerald
Mary Shelley

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
Ernest Hemingway
Willieam Faulkner
Herman Melville

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.
Victor Hugo
Miguel de Cervantes
Gustave Flaubert
François Rabelais

Question 9:

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

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."
Sylvia Plath
Iris Murdoch
Harper Lee
Flannery O'Connor


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