Monday, January 31, 2011

Reclusive Authors

So John Maxwell Coetzee is reclusive and media- and audience-shy. Says this article.

So were the following authors:

J.D.Salinger (author of "Catcher in the Rye"). He cut off all contact with the outside world when he was in his forties.

Thomas Harris (author of the "Silence of the Lambs" series). He was painfully shy and would avoid all contact with his fans and members of the press.

I don't know if it is the fame their books bring that makes them reclusive. After all, there is a limit to the adulation you get from a fickle public. Finding Forrester is a movie based on J.D.Salinger about a reclusive author who retreats into a shell after fame and fortune.

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