Ask the Readers: Which Writers Intrigue You?



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Sometimes, I get curious about certain writers through unusual means. It could be because of reading one of their books, as in the case of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but at other times it’s because of what I learn about them or about their work in other sources.

For example, I didn’t really get interested in Virginia Woolf after reading Mrs. Dalloway. To be honest, it didn’t appeal to me all that much. But once I read Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer, which includes considerable commentary on Woolf’s work, I had a fresh interest in Woolf. The interest has only doubled after I read her Writer’s Diary. 

So today, I would like to know which authors intrigue you at the moment? Does this curiosity make you want to explore their works further, or do you want to know more about the author as a person? 

How did you become interested in them?

Share your answers in the comments below, and who knows, perhaps your list will inspire others. 


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2 Responses to “Ask the Readers: Which Writers Intrigue You?”

  1. Adam (THAT one) May 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm # Reply

    I enjoy the writing, not the person. That said, I do follow some of my favourites on social media, and inversely I won’t read work by authors who are arses in real life.
    Guess I just contradicted myself. Bah. 😛

    • Dolly Garland May 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm # Reply

      Hello Adam (THAT one) and nice to find you here 🙂

      Yes you did contradict yourself. I suppose it would annoy me too to pay for someone’s book if I disliked them. But on the other hand, would I want to not read a great work because the author is an ass?

      I think it works out much easier in the events when author is dead. I feel much less hostile towards dead asses, than the ones I might know on FB or Twitter!

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