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Your Favorite Writers’ Favorite Writers

It’s Monday in a holiday week here in the USA. You deserve some Michael Alexander Chaney, Fictioneers. Enjoy!

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Mickey Spillane’s favorite writer was Frederic Brown.

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“When Ayn Rand was asked who her favorite writer was, she replied: Mickey Spillane. When asked why she admired Spillane’s writing so much. Rand said: ‘Because he is primarily a moralist.'”–from The Armchair Detective

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Ralph Ellison claimed Man’s Fate to be his favorite book, as said in Conversations with Ralph Ellison.

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Emily Dickinson’s favorite novelist was Charles Dickens.

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Charles Dickens loved Shakespeare.

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Poe enjoyed the poetry and essays of Samuel Taylor Coleridge above most others,

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Joyce loved the plays of Henrik Ibsen so much that he studied Norwegian at University College Dublin in order to be able to read them in their original form.

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Chaucer’s favorite author was Aristotle.
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Melville’s favorite was, awkwardly, Nathaniel Hawthorne, whom Melville may have stalked; Hawthorne admired Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress above all other narratives.
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Danielle Steele’s favorite author was France’s Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.
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Flannery O’Connor complained…

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