Authors, and artists in general, are notoriously difficult to deal with. The list of writers who created masterworks that illuminated truths about the human condition – all while behaving badly toward others in their actual lives — is a long one.
There are certainly exceptions to this rule, though. Some authors manage to create beauty on the page and also do good in various ways — whether by donating their time and money to worthy causes, connecting with their fans in meaningful ways, or just being kind to their friends and families.
Here, from a range of genres and time periods, are some notable exceptions to the “all famous authors are jerks” rule:
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