F scott fitzgerald, ernest hemingway, tennessee williams, john berryman, john cheever and raymond carver have several things in common they are all (deceased), world-famous american. Does it help writers to drink certainly jack kerouac, dylan thomas, john cheever, ernest hemingway and f scott fitzgerald thought so but, wonders blake morrison, are the words on the page. Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Tennessee williams, f scott fitzgerald, hemingway, cheever, carver, berryman six giants of american literature – and all addicted to alcohol in an edited extract from her new book, the. I'm putting it out there on this post with some personal information and opinions it might also be controversial or confronting for some people but bloggers need to be true to themselves.
An unsourced quote attributed to ernest hemingway goes, write drunk, edit sober if he did say that, i think he was using hyperbole to say, write with passion, edit with detachment but. Writing involves fantasy alcohol promotes fantasy writing requires self-confidence alcohol bolsters confidence writing is lonely work. Olivia laing examines the lives of six writers, from ernest hemingway to raymond carver, for clues about the relationship between alcohol and creativity.
Posts about writers and alcohol written by paulgapper. I don't know if this is a generalization, but i've noticed that all the writers that i know tend to drink heavily, or at least more than i would have. This is a follow-up to a previous post i've been reading a fascinating/depressing/gripping/heart-rending book called the trip to echo springs by olivia laing because i'm too lazy to put it.
Undeterred by their success or the malignant effects on their lives and health, these talented writers had a life-long relationship with alcohol trying to find inspiration, to improve. Posts about writers and alcoholism written by alcoholicsguide.
Female writers and other women have used alcohol to treat depression, feelings of inferiority, and other personal problems. Some writers have found it in odd rituals and strange substances here are 58 writers and their addictions 58 famous writers and their addictions – writers of substance (abuse) famous.
There is a long history of alcoholism in american literature the heavy drinking of writers like ernest hemingway and hart crane inspired a kind of myth of the american writer as a genius. In stephen king's recently re-released memoir, he tells us that for years his drug and alcohol addictions were so bad, he can barely remember working on some of his best-known best-sellers.