1. Jack Kerouac.
I suspect the hottest will be the least talented and vice versa.
Prove me wrong!
The Bolivian marching powder guy was hot in his day.
Dunno about hottest writers ever, but I can contribute faves, as in head shots with smouldering or come-hither eyes
Philip Roth pre-1975
Not that he's all that bad now, but the younger Michael Chabon was a stunning man.
And I saw him in person several times. None of his photos do him even the slightest justice. He was sex on two legs.
Ted Hughes had a lot of sex appeal. Plath told a friend, "You know, in bed, he smells like a butcher."
Im sure there are some good looking black writers,but Malcom isnt one of them.
r19 isn't racist, just jealous of the jawline.
^ He is gorgeous.
I meant Andrew Sean Greer.
No offense to Lord Byron.
Tolstoy was fug really, big nose.
I would go with Malcom except that he was such a nation of islam racist
Malcolm X had a nose that looks like someone flattened for him but was otherwise good looking. He had a strong jawline and chin and a generous full mouth. The glasses didn't take away from his looks IMO.
r36, you need to explain yourself.
I knew about pretty much all of them. But Lawrence Durrell is a nice surprise. Love his looks.
Here's another photo of Jack Kerouac. He was photogenic. But his appearance deteriorated due to heavy drinking.
Some biographies state that he was bisexual.
Incidentally, he lived the same years as Judy Garland, from 1922 to 1969.
Chuck Palahniuk; perhaps more fuckable in his youth, but still a hot nerd-daddy today.
And fuckable simply because of who he is.
Jack Kerouac looks like a hunkier Colton Haynes in the OP photo.
Colton Haynes looks like a prissier Jack Kerouac in the OP photo.
I don't know if this Peter Orlovsky actually wrote anything I want to pick up, but still...
Haruki Murakami .... i love his writing. i thought that was the topic. let's see what he looks like....
well, check it out for your self......... he's no jack Kerouac but this man can write.
Robert Frost could take my road less traveled any day.
Scruffy and sexy James Agee.
I posted the frost pic. He's not hot, but he's a very pretty Ivy League Twink with blow job lips a century before they became common.
Where is 'North Morgan'— or whatever he calls himself?
Thanks for turning me on to Kerouac, op.
I had no idea what he looked like, but he was certainly hot!
Kerouac was a closeted bi. Had sex with Gore Vidal, Allan Ginsberg, and probably a few guys when we was a merchant marine.
Sadly, not Neal Cassidy, who had a legendary cock (which Ginsberg sucked).
Kerouak wasn't gay but he was one of those guy guys. Love his friends, bonded with men.
R77, you can't even spell his name. STFU and go back to your Real Housewives threads.
I think Kerouac was bi but deeply troubled by his gay side, probably due to his traditional Catholic upbringing. He probably never really accepted that part of himself, though he accepted it in his close friends, i.e., Allen Ginsberg and others. In his writing in "Visions of Cody" and "On the Road" I kind of get the feeling Kerouac had a bit of a crush on Neal Cassidy, though it was never consumated. (Although apparently Allen got a taste of Neal.) Kerouac became an alcoholic and the photo in R74 shows him in his decline. He only lived to be 47.
Someone posted a photo of Peter Orlovsky above. He was part of the circle of "Beat Poets" in the San Francisco poetry "renaissance" of th mid 1950s. I'm pretty sure Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg were boyfriends, possibly for a long time. These guys were pioneers in the conformist 1950s, not only with their new writing styles but also in their openness about their gay sides, during a homophobic period in America.
I can totally see Cassidy and Kerouac hooking up, R80.
They're a very handsome couple.
Both Lawrence Durrell and his brother Gerald were very handsome men - till the drink took over. Lawrence retained his looks, but Gerald was a bloated mess.
Hughes was beautiful
After Kerouac sold The Subterraneans to the movies he moved in next door to us on a dead end street in Northport, NY the town where Peter Orlovsky was from. The photos of him above looking older and drunk are from that house, I think. He looked like what he was, a rapidly-aging drunk. All the housewives loved him but he wouldn't give them the time of day. He didn't hang out with any of the neighbors except for my dad who had him over for a drink one Christmas (Dad was kind of hunky back then). Kerouac had that kind of glazed bennies and booze look that freaked out my mom. She told my father never to invite him over again.
Why do so many writers drink?
To slow down the imagery so they can jot it down?
Gore Vidal was never hot.
I would agree with Chuck P and Oliver S, and some of the other pics surprised me. Cool thread
langston hughes all the way.....great writer, gay and yes beautiful....
let us not forget the genius walt whitman
Young Gore was quite OK looking - not really hot, but patrician and glamorous.
Rupert Brooke once bathed naked with Virginia Woolf.
This photo makes him look rather like Milo Yianoppolis.
Why do so many writers drink?
Thought flow a bit easier when you drink.
Alcohol definitely makes a person more uninhibited, and thus the mind flows more freely. At least for me, it does.
It really does tend to open your mind, which is good for writing.
R94 Thanks for posting that video. It was odd watching Kerouac speak such fluent French. Forgot he was from Montreal. He isn't bad there, as bad as he got, booze-wise. I've seen him worse on another show, maybe Steve Allen. In this video, you could see his sensitivity. He was shy. There's a bar down on Main Street called Gunther's where Kerouac used to drink which burned down recently and everyone has been writing graffiti about Kerouac, telling them to rebuild, which I'm sure they will. They make too much money from it. Kerouac had groupies back in the 60s. They'd come down the street and throw pebbles at his windows. His mother was a big woman. She'd get rid of them.
He isn't from Montreal.
Jack Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts, to French Canadian parents.
You're right R102. My mistake. Didn't realize there was such a large French-Canadian population in Lowell. I read this: “I am French Canadian, brought to the world in New England. When I am angry I often swear in French. When I dream I often dream in French. When I cry I always cry in French.”
Well, his parents were. It doesn't vanish right away.
Jens lapidus (suspected bi man) writes a very sweet/sad gay love story in the conclusion of his trilogy "Life Deluxe" which was made into a swedish movie staring DL fav Martin Wallstrom.
Zadie Smith is beautiful
I agree with R56 about Hawthorne. Jack London was really attractive.
I guess the HItler photos are a lame joke (not only was he not a writer, he was plug ugly) but why is Kennedy in this thread? He wasn't a writer either (he didn't write "Profiles In Courage (that book was written by Ted Sorensen) and he wasn't hot.
R111, google "pics of Jack London." You will see the pic you have, but a lot of others when he was younger and in much better health. I should have qualified that he was very good looking when young but looked very rough in the years shortly before his death at 40. By that time, he was a serious alcoholic and user of morphine (near his death and for pain) and he also suffered from various diseases, including the disfiguring tropical disease yaws that he had contracted in his travels, and the uremia, which is what killed him along with a purported accidental (older accounts said intentional) overdose of morphine.
That interview with Kerouac is ...surreal.
I think Kerouac was slightly drunk during that Steve Allen show and somewhat nervous at the same time. He didn't like fame or being in the spotlight. I think the fame and attention contributed to his alcoholism. He grew up in Lowell, MA and spoke only French until he learned English at the age of 6. His given name was Jean-Louis Kérouac, though he called himself Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac.
Someone mentioned Ken Kesey, and he was very muscular and in his youth very hot. I saw him in person at a lecture/poetry reading he hosted at Reed College in Portland, OR in 1982, and he was still hot then. I am a fan of his work. I did have an opportunity to talk with him at one point that evening but I checkened out and did not approach him. Years later I wrote a fan letter to him and sent it to him via his neighbor who owns the ranch next to Kesey's, who I do know, and he gave it to Ken. Kesey passed away unexpectedly in 2001 at the age of 66.
Thanks for the fun clip, R116. What a beautiful, colorful set, too. Too bad there is nothing like that on TV now.
Hunter S. Thompson. I don't give a fig what anyone thinks of him personally, I find his life fascinating.
Surprised he was so nerd-cute in his youth.
Too bad he went bald, got old and went insane.
I think we're getting close to the end of these portraits.
These portraits were taken long before the author matured into writing anything any way readable.
I'm surprised at not only the number of replies (I was expecting this thread to be super short), but some of the authors in this thread really are super hot.
My contribution: Despite the evidence that he was a (celibate) pedophile, Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) was appealing in a brooding, Victorian, prissy way. He looked like a more attractive Tom Hiddleston.
So far Oliver Sachs and Jack Kerouac are winning this race.
Richard Farina, folksinger & cult author (namely the novel ‘Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me). He was a college friend to Pynchon and Bob Dylan, and a total Latin fox. Legend tells that ladies loved and gentlemen alike adored him on campus.
He died very young, before his genius was recognised by mainstream America.
Jack Kerouac was handsome, masculine, athletic, yet also cultured and intellectual; a published author and poet, gay-friendly, though his own orientation is unclear, he had close gay friends during a homophobic time in America, unfortunately an alcoholic later... in other words, all the makings of a DL icon, yet he's not.