33 Literary Geniuses Who Happen To Be Super Hot

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I was surprised to find myself on this list, of course.  But, being there, I looked round. Hemingway, for instance, was really cute.  who knew?  Now that barely articulate letter he wrote to Marlene Dietrich makes more sense.  She wouldn’t have been indifferent to such a steady beam of depth, even though he tried to shallow himself  by calling her “Kraut.” It was Hemingway who taught me two (at least two) great lessons:  when it’s time to leave a politics that demands crawling on your knees to belong, whistle while you walk.  Also: when writing a long novel, like for instance, For Whom The Bell Tolls, don’t try to write it in a month.  There’s such a thing as “across the river and through the trees.”  The river one day, the forest another. (I am referring not to the novel but to a line about writing somewhere in the vast territory of Hemingwaylandia). What else?  Don’t be afraid to leave the scene by your own hand.  It’s probably a better alternative than going by someone else’s hand that’s less imaginative. Though ouch!  That beautiful head!

I met Langston Hughes late in his life, but had no idea what to ask him! He was a delightful storyteller whose cigarette never left his lips while he talked, which amazed me.  He was also kind in that totally impersonal Aquarian way that is so often misunderstood.  Lucky for me he left books for me to discover him in.  

The same for the soul mates on this list: Charlotte Brontë and Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Without them what a nightmare the search for meaning among the wicked rules of church and caste would have been!  And they were so beautiful!

Brontë’s character Jane Eyre is the great teacher of what is real beauty of both body and spirit and it is clear she sprang from a person equally magnificent in all the ways that truly matter.  As for Hawthorne, in The Scarlet Letter, was there ever a man more feminist in his understanding of the unfairness women suffer?  I’d never seen a picture of him when he was young.  It is like seeing an old friend being born, though fully grown, before your eyes.

So enjoy, imagine, dream, chuckle.  What fun there still is among the irreverent and  boldly

Source: Article by Kimberly Wang March 21, 2014 

Quedé sorprendida al encontrarme en esta lista, por supuesto. Sin embargo, al estar allí, miré alrededor. Hemingway, por ejemplo, era en realidad buen mozo. ¿Quién lo sabía? Ahora esa carta apenas comprensible que le escribiera a Marlene Dietrich tiene más sentido. Ella no hubiera permanecido indiferente ante tan sostenido rayo de hondura, aún cuando él tratara de parecer menos intenso llamándola “kraut”*. Fue Hemingway quien me enseñó (al menos) dos lecciones: cuando llega el momento de abandonar una política que exige arrastrarse de rodillas para pertenecer a ella, silba mientras andas. También: al escribir una novela larga, digamos, Por quién doblan las campanas, no trates de escribirla en un mes. Hay algo como “al otro lado del río y entre los árboles”. El río un día y los árboles el otro. ¿Qué más? No tengas miedo de abandonar la escena por tus propios medios. Probablemente sea una alternativa mejor que dejarlo en manos de alguien con menos imaginación. ¡Aunque, ay, esa hermosa cabeza!

Conocí a Langston Hughes ya tarde en su vida. ¡Sin embargo no tenía ni idea de qué preguntarle! Era un delicioso contador de historias, cuyo cigarrillo nunca se separaba de sus labios mientras hablaba, lo cual me asombraba. Era también amable de ese modo acuariano totalmente impersonal, tan frecuentemente malinterpretado. Suerte para mí que dejó libros donde puedo descubrirlo.

Lo mismo pasa con las almas gemelas en esta lista: Charlotte Brontë y Nathaniel Hawthorne. Sin ellos, ¡qué pesadilla hubiera resultado la búsqueda de sentido entre las malvadas reglas de la iglesia y las castas! ¡Y ellos eran tan bellos!

Jane Eyre, el personaje de Brontë, es la gran maestra de lo que constituye la verdadera belleza tanto de cuerpo como de espíritu y queda claro que ella surge de una persona igualmente magnífica en todas las maneras que de verdad importan. En cuanto a Hawthorne, en La letra escarlata, ¿hubo alguna vez un hombre más feminista en su comprensión de la injusticia que sufren las mujeres? Nunca había visto una imagen suya de cuando era joven. Es como ver un viejo amigo mientras nace, aunque totalmente crecido, ante tus ojos.

Hay diversión aún entre los juguetones irreverentes y atrevidos.

*Es una forma ofensiva de referirse a los alemanes.


Fuente: Artículo de Kimberly Wang, Marzo 21 de 2014.

 Translation by Cuban poet Mañuel Verdecia



Reprint with images from original article:

1. Ernest Hemingway

He was misogynistic, yes, but it can’t be denied that Hemingway was a looker.

Ernest Hemingway

2. Alice Walker

Dayyyyyyum, The Color Purple bagged the National Book Award in ‘83, and its author just bagged a top spot on this list.

Alice Walker

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3. Rupert Brooke

The poet was once described by W.B. Yeats as “the handsomest young man in England.”

Rupert Brooke

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4. Jhumpa Lahiri

She won the 2000 Pulitzer for Interpreter of Maladies. Jhumpa Lahiri = whole package.

Jhumpa Lahiri

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5. Langston Hughes

He pioneered Jazz Poetry and he could get it.

Langston Hughes

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6. Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith could cut you with her words and her cheekbones.

Zadie Smith

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7. John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck? More like, John FINE-beck.

John Steinbeck

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8. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hawthorne was a studmuffin, and having penned The Scarlet Letter, totally a feminist too.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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9. Nell Freudenberger

She was a 2010 winner of a Guggenheim fellowship and hearts everywhere.

Nell Freudenberger

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10. Daphne du Maurier

Who would’ve thunk that Hitchcock’s creepy movie The Birds was a adapted from a story that came from this angelic head? Respect.

Daphne du Maurier

11. Anton Chekhov

He wasn’t just a sexy beast, if you’ve ever read The Kiss, you know he was also devastatingly romantic.

Anton Chekhov

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12. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Also one of the New Yorker’s 2010 20 Under 40 selections, Adichie is a supertalented writer and a perfect 10.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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13. Voltaire

Voltaire could even make a long curly wig look sexy.


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14. Daniel Alarcón

Looks and talent, Alarcón was one of the New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 selections in 2010. What a cutie.

Daniel Alarcón

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15. Louise Glück

This former Poet Laureate isn’t just easy on the eyes, her poems are easy on the ears too.

Louise Glück

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16. F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott and his wife, Zelda, were the physical embodiment of the Jazz Age. Can write. Can party.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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17. Tao Lin

Tao Lin might be controversial, but his studliness certainly isn’t.

Tao Lin

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18. Jack Kerouac

This was Jack Kerouac’s U.S. Naval Reserve enlistment photo. Don’t all go enlisting at once now.

Jack Kerouac

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19. Lord Byron

Hands down, hottest Romantic poet ever. Also the inspiration for the Byronic hero. Sigh.

Lord Byron

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20. Marisha Pessl

Her debut novel Special Topics in Calamity Physics has been translated into 30 languages. Can you say hot in 30 languages?

Marisha Pessl

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21. Toni Morrison

Born Chloe Wofford in 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison is a legend and a looker.

Toni Morrison

22. Andrew Sean Greer

This prize-winning writer should win a prize for those baby blues.

Andrew Sean Greer

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23. Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre-resistable, amirite?

Charlotte Brontë

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24. Paul Auster

Paul Auster

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Those eyes. So piercing.

25. Nicole Krauss

Probably most people would like to discuss The History of Love with Nicole Krauss, but Jonathan Safran Foer won. High five, Jonathan Safran Foer.

Nicole Krauss

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26. D.H. Lawrence

No wonder Lawrence had so many books about love, by the looks of it, he was probably an expert.

D.H. Lawrence

27. Chang-Rae Lee

So brilliant and such a babe.

Chang-Rae Lee

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28. Joan Didion

Joan Didion could’ve given Kate Moss a run for her money.

Joan Didion

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29. Richard Mason

Brooding, handsome, and brilliant? Check, check, and check.

Richard Mason

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30. Neil Gaiman

Multi-talented Neil Gaiman is basically Jim Morrison’s hair twin.

Neil Gaiman

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31. Margaret Mitchell

Scarlett O’Hara who? Margaret Mitchell’s doe eyes are way more captivating.

Margaret Mitchell

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32. Junot Diaz

This broodingly hot author has a way with words. His novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the Pulitzer in 2008.

Junot Diaz

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33. J.D. Salinger

Theory: Salinger was reclusive because he was sick of all the groupies he was attracting.

J.D. Salinger


CORRECTION: An image of Gillian Flynn was misidentified as Nell Freudenberger in an earlier version of this post.