3 Fascinating Authors

voltaire_shakespeare_salinger

One of my favorite parts of “The Catcher in the Rye” is when the main character, Holden Caulfield, reflects on a book he just finished. He says,
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”
That’s the exact same way I felt after reading Catcher for the first time. Here are 3 authors that I wouldn’t mind calling up on the phone whenever I felt like it:

Francois-Marie Arouet – aka Voltaire (1694-1778)

Voltaire makes my list for several reasons. First, and most importantly, he had a fantastic sense of humor. It is said that on his deathbed a priest asked him to renounce Satan and he replied, “now it not the time to be making new enemies”. Not bad for 1778, eh? He spent much of his career championing such causes as freedom of religion, civil rights, and free trade. His witty nature got him arrested without trial and exiled to a place where snarky wit is not only appreciated, it’s a way of life…England. He was allowed back to France about 2 years later, but ended up getting banned again several years after that. One of my favorite Voltaire quotes is, “to hold a pen is to be at war”, which I think completely embodies his life, his work, and his legacy.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Shakespeare is often trumpeted as being ahead of his time in regards to his writing. The same could also be said in his personal life as he married a woman 8 years his senior. And I thought cougars only became fashionable in the 21st century? Some scholars also believe that he may have had a preference for young men, but like Michael Jackson, all that was forgotten after his death, and what’s remembered his enormous collection of outstanding work. Another cool thing about him is the inscription on his grave stone. It’s not so much an inscription, but a curseā€¦to anyone that moves his body.
Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,
To digg the dvst encloased heare.
Blest be ye man yt spares thes stones,
And cvrst be he yt moves my bones.

J.D. Salinger (1919- )

I am absolutely fascinated by the life of J.D. Salinger. Most famous artists fall into one category or another. You have the one hit wonders, the celebrities that get immortalized by death, and then of course the ones trying to get a comeback at any price. What makes Salinger so intriguing is that he had the strength to become enormously famous and then go into hiding. He could make millions by releasing the rights to make The Catcher in the Rye into a movie but refuses. Also much of his writing has gone unpublished, which no plans to ever see the light of day. He doesn’t do interviews, but is reported to have once granted an interview to a high school student for their school paper. Watch the movie “Finding Forester” which is loosely based on the reclusive life of Salinger.

Print This Post Print This Post

Please make sure to read our comment policy before posting a comment.
  • David

    This is such a great article Amie, well done. Voltaire sounds like quite a character, although i have never read any of his stuff. Bein from the UK I can also confirm, wit and a a quick, dry sense of humor will get you far!

    I never knew old Bill Shakespeare had a preference for young men either, creepy! Although you cannot discount the massive amount of great work he done.

    J.D. Salinger, what can you say about him. Not in the same league as the other two yet just as interesting. I too would love a beer with this man. I’m glad he hasn’t released the rights to Catcher though, I would only get angry at whoever was cast as Holden, whoever it was wouldn’t do the role justice to me!

    Again, thanks for making me laugh, I look foreard to more authors legacies.