Writing can be one of the most solitary of the arts, which means that a peek into the writing spaces of our literary heroes offers a real insight into where the work is coming from.
The writer of Orlando and Mrs Dalloway was passionate about having her own private space in which to be and to write – it contained, among other things, a washbasin and some of her favorite possessions.
Hemingway was a true literary adventurer, and his room in Key West, Florida, reflected both his exotic urges and his no-nonsense writing style.
O’Connor lived with her mother throughout much of her writing career. This homely stability contrasts with the big issues that she tackled in her work.
The American legend is known for his love of nature, and in particular the cabin that he built. It was a real human nest, and inspired him to his most notable works.
The French poet’s name has become synonymous with sensuality and promiscuity. His bedroom, you’ll note, is in passionate shades of red – while his ornate desk looks pretty sexy to most aspiring writers!
Dickinson’s writing area was as modest as her career during her lifetime. Sitting at a simple table, she wrote nearly two-thousand poems – although less than a dozen were published before she died.
Proust is the definitive memoirist, able to conjure rich images of his past from the smallest details. It is perhaps fitting that his room was such a cramped yet creative space.
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