Folk of Genius: The 5 unusual habits of Ernest Hemingway

New studies show that both creativity and eccentricity may be the result of genetic variations that increase the brain’s ability to filter out useless distractions and just get on with it. Well, Papa certainly got on with it – but just how peculiar was he?

10 war novels that will turn you into a pacifist

There’s a great tradition of dissent expressed in literature, perhaps most obviously exemplified in the WWI poetry of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and their contemporaries, whose ambivalence about wartime sacrifice and the demands of nationalism made them famous. War is great fodder for art, after all – it’s visual and visceral and morally weighty. In fiction, particularly since WWII, the novel has been put to great use as an anti-war satirical device. Here are ten that we reckon ought to put anybody off the smell of napalm in the morning

10 iconic authors inspired by an animal muse

Literary history is jam packed with women whose charisma has helped fire up writers’ creative urges. Think Zelda Fitzgerald, Louise Joyce, and Vivienne Eliot. But not all these magical muses have been women. In fact, many have not even been human. For a broad spectrum of fantastic writers this role has been filled by a furry or even feathered friends. Here’s ten iconic authors whose animals were more than just pets, they were an essential part of their creative process.

16 reasons why history’s greatest writers loved books

Stephen King has called books a “a uniquely portable magic.” It's probably one reason that Americans still buy approximately five million books a day and that 125 new ones are published in the US every twenty-four hours. In fact, Google estimates that as of August 2010, there were 129,864,880 books in existence. This love affair with the written word has a long and passionate history and, unsurprisingly, its most ardent supporters have often been writers. Here's why in their own words.

Hemingway on writing: 7 quotes all book lovers should read

Ernest Hemingway once said “All American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.” While many have challenged Ernest's view, there's no denying that over a career spanning more than three decades, Papa’s became a master of his craft.