15 Famous Writers And Their Bedrooms

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15 Famous Writers And Their Bedrooms

1. Truman Capote: The author’s bedroom at his Hamptons beach house was simple, but elegant. Quote: ‘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.’

3. Ernest Hemingway: Light floods the Nobel Prize-winning author’s bedroom at his Key West home. Quote: ‘I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?’

4. Flannery O’Connor: The author did most of her writing at the desk in her bedroom. She used the aluminium crutches to help her get around her parents’ dairy farm.

5. Alexander Masters: This author’s bedroom reflects his process — he just wakes up and starts writing. The crocodile above his bed is a talisman and was featured on the cover of his book, Stuart: A Life BackwardsQuote: Is this what real homelessness is like? Not just a particular set of roof and walls gone, but a sense of the death of companionship?

6. William S. Burroughs: Patti Smith, a friend of the Beat writer, sits on the bed in his room at The Bunker on the Bowery. Quote: ‘If I had my way we’d sleep every night all wrapped around each other like hibernating rattlesnakes.’

7. Sylvia Plath: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author stayed for several months at the Barbizon Hotel for Women. This image is taken from an advertisement for the hotel and suggests what Plath’s room may have looked like at that time. Quote: ‘My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yes, God, I want to talk to everybody as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night…’

8. Henry David Thoreau: Intent on simple living, Thoreau furnished his home with only the necessary basics – a bed, a table, a desk, and three chairs. Quote: ‘Only that travelling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better.’

9. Victor Hugo : Dark, rich and red, Hugo’s bedroom at his home on the Place de Vosges in Paris is all that you would expect from a writer heavily influenced by the Romanticism movement. Quote: ‘Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.’

10. Emily Dickinson: Most of the poet’s writing was done at a small writing table in her bedroom. Quote: ‘Some keep the Sabbath going to church; I keep it staying at home, With a bobolink for a chorister, And an orchard for a dome.’

11. Miranda Seymour: Another author that prefers writing at a small desk in her bedroom, she has slept in the same room, on and off, since she was 14 years old.

12. Mary Roach: One might expect something a bit more macabre from the author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, but the bedroom in the writer’s craftsman home in Oakland, California is simple and serene. Quote: ‘I do most of my writing in the afternoon. In the morning, I usually email, make phone calls, try to arrange travel or interviews. I write until six or seven in the evening and then walk home from my office.’

13. Marcel Proust: A victim of asthma and severe allergies, Proust’s bedroom was a masterwork in shelter and seclusion. All apertures were shielded or sealed, and the walls and ceiling were covered in cork to protect the author from the dust and noise of the outside world. Quote: ‘A little insomnia is not without its value in making us appreciate sleep, in throwing a ray of light upon that darkness.’

14. Michael Morpurgo: This is technically a writing room where the author of War Horse designed this room around the bed, where he does all of his writing in longhand.

15. William Faulkner: His bedroom is more of an office with a bed. The Nobel prize-winning author outlined the plot of The Fable on the walls of the room and then shellacked his notes to preserve them. Quote: ‘What sets a man writhing sleepless in bed at night is not having injured his fellow so much as having been wrong.’

Bedrooms via Apartment Therapy

 by Amanda Patterson

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