If you are a man and you want to be a writer, you have two things you must do: 1. Write a book; and 2. Look more like Ernest Hemingway. That is the curriculum. When aged, experienced folks in the publishing industry ask young writers, “Have you read Hemingway,” they are really asking if you have fully embraced the possibility of facial hair. If you can grow a beard, have you tried growing his beard? If you cannot grow a beard like Hemingway’s, then that’s fine too. Your author photo will just be seriously lacking.
If you need inspiration on how to style your facial vegetation, or you want fuel for your imagination of what a beard might look like on your hairless face, then look no further than these literary greats.
1. Mark Twain
I also don’t know how he ate. | Image Via Biography
2. Friedrich Nietzche
I don’t think this even counts as a face. It’s 90% hair. | Image Via Encyclopedia Britannica
3. Michael Chabon
When you want to look like you don’t give a care, but you sneaky give many cares. | Image Via Pioneer Press
4. Walt Whitman
Tolkien’s inspiration for Radagast the Brown. | Image Via Social Justice For All
5. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Rocking the neckbeard since 1821. Beat that, reddit. | Image Via The Arc of Grace
6. Herman Melville
For those who wish a box hung off their jaw. | Image Via Bio
7. William Faulkner
What you get when googling “debonair.” | Image Via Bio
8. Terry Pratchett
A beard as sharp as his wit. | Image Via Humanists UK
9. Patrick Rothfuss
That beard is older than me. | Image Via Wikipedia
On March 13th, 1852, when the Sunday Dispatch began to run a serialized story by Walt Whitman, nobody knew the completed version would take as long as 165 years to resurface. Besides his essential poetry collection “Leaves of Grass,” Walt Whitman is now also known as the author behind this 36,000-word story called the “Life and Adventures of Jack Engle.”
This serialized novel takes readers onto a journey through the viewpoint of an orphan as he encounters both good and evil. The larger-than-life creations are colorful and humorous like the vivacious characters you would meet in the typical Dickens novel. Much like “Great Expectations,” it is a tale of self-discovery that touches on the themes of money, power and criminal justice. As protagonist Jack Engle’s struggles to survive in a city of claustrophobic chaos, he is forced to break through a tangled web of connections while finding himself head over heels for a woman who turns out to have helped him during early childhood.
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According to researchers, the novel was never reprinted after it was published anonymously as a segment on The Sunday Dispatch. However, the book matches a detailed synopsis in the poet’s notebook. This crucial link was established last year by Zachary Turpin, a PhD student studying English at the University of Houston.
“Something about it just seemed right,” said Turpin. “The name Jack Engle. The year. The newspaper (to which we know Whitman had contributed before).” The clincher came when he matched the character names from Whitman’s notebook with those in the published story. “I couldn’t believe that, for a few minutes, I was the only person on Earth who knew about this book.”
Since Whitman is mostly well-known for his poetic proficiency, this astonishing discovery will offer an eye-opening perspective through its fluid structure backed-up with lyrical prose.
“The Whitman we see in Jack Engle is not yet the confident, committed poet we now take him to have always been,” Turpin explained. “It is during this vital time that he’s experimenting, trying on different genres and modes of writing, looking for one that’s ample and expansive enough to express what [Ralph Waldo] Emerson would call ‘the infinitude of the private man’.”
According to the Washington Post, the director of UI Press James McCoy, said he first learned of Turpin’s shocking discovery through an email with the subject line: “Walt Whitman’s lost novel! This is not a joke!”
“I immediately thought it was a joke,” McCoy said.
After Folsom confirmed that the find is genuine, McCoy worked with Turpin to publish the book.
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“Because I Could Not Stop For Death” is grim, elegant, and rhythmic. It’s a perfect example of Dickinson’s style. The fact that this poem was published only after Dickinson died is, unfortunately, also typical of Dickinson. She published just eight of her poems during her lifetime, and only became famous after she passed away.
Sylvia Plath is one of the most iconic and tragic figures in the history of literature. Her poetry has a sort of desperate quality that gives it the same power as her famous novel The Bell Jar. In “Daddy,” the speaker inspects her relationship with her father, and everything that it connects to.
Dylan Thomas’ most famous poem is a masterpiece. The poem has inspired everything from songs and stories to works of art. It’s also perhaps the most famous example of a villanelle, a poetic form that requires 19 repeating lines.
Hughes, a key figure in the Harlem renaissance, writes here about the neighborhood where it all happened. “What happens to a dream deferred?” Hughes asks. His poem’s suggested answers consider misery and, ultimately, spectacular hope.
Shelley’s most famous sonnet reflects on the fleeting nature of power. The poet describes a ruined monument to Ozymandius (the Greek name for Pharaoh Ramesses II). “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” the inscription reads, though there is nothing left to see.
Whitman’s famous works often touch on the America of his time, including the brutal realities of life during the Civil War. “Song of Myself” is no exception, but it also includes deeply personal thoughts. “Song of Myself” was published in Whitman’s famous Leaves of Grass.
Just about any of Shakespeare’s sonnets could hold their own on this list – after all, he did Shakespearian sonnets so well that he lent his name to the form. We’ve chosen one of his most famous. You can find all of Shakespeare’s sonnets online, so if you disagree with our selection, just link to your suggestion in the comments section!
Angelou’s inspirational “Still I Rise” is a testament to overcoming history and discrimination. “Out of the huts of history’s shame / I rise,” Angelou writes, capturing both the degradation of slavery and the unconquered spirit of blacks in America. With race relations front and center in American culture once again, there’s no better time to read this poem.
Ireland’s most famous poet is worthy of the year-long celebration that his nation is giving him this year. Here, he draws a figure from Irish mythology and gives him the poetic treatment. Yeats’ elevates the Irish source material by using it as inspiration, just as other poets used stories from Greek and Roman source in their own work.