Respected Writers Who Were Actually Terrible People

Writers live through their work, and if a
book is good enough, an author can achieve immortality. But once a writer becomes a household name,
people start to focus on their genius and forget about all their flaws and foibles. Reality check: Some of the best novels and
short stories ever written have been penned by men and women with incredibly dark secrets. On the page, they're masters of their craft,
but in real life, they've sold out colleagues, assaulted family members, and left friends
trembling in fear. If you want to know which of your favorite
novels were written by monsters, then brace yourself as we look at some respected writers
who were actually terrible people. Hunter S. Thompson, first-class jerk "It's our country. It's not theirs. It's not a bunch of used car dealers from
Southern California. In a Democracy you have to be a player." Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer Hunter
S. Thompson was a literary rockstar, both when it came to fame and his out-of-control
lifestyle. The father of gonzo journalism, Thompson hung
out with the Hell's Angels, went to war with Richard Nixon, and consumed every drug known
to man. But while he's a colorful character, you wouldn't
want Thompson as your friend. Sure, he's a larger-than-life icon, but he
was also a first-class jerk. Need proof? According to authors Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad,
Thompson allegedly tied actor Bill Murray to a chair, tossed him into a pool, and nearly
let him drown. Need more? During the '80s, Jack Nicholson was celebrating
his birthday with his family when Thompson showed up at his home in the middle of the
night and shot a super powerful flare into the sky. Next, Thompson aimed a military-style spotlight
at Nicholson's home and fired a pistol in the air. Then he capped the whole thing off by leaving
an elk's heart and some bullet casings on Nicholson's doorstep — as a joke. Very funny, Thompson. But you're definitely the only one laughing. George Orwell sold out other writers Although George Orwell was a socialist, he
was open about his distaste for the Soviet Union. Just take a glimpse at his two classic works:
Animal Farm and 1984. These two novels absolutely tore the USSR
a new one. But even though Orwell hated dictators and
overbearing bureaucracies, that didn't stop the English author from selling out his fellow
writers and artists to a powerful government agency. In the 1940s, Orwell did some work for a group
called the Information Research Department. In true Orwellian fashion, that innocent-sounding
name belonged to a department that specialized in churning out propaganda. The IRD's job was to smear the Soviets, so
Orwell wanted to make sure they didn't hire anyone with communist sympathies. Taking aim at some high profile names, Orwell
drew up a list of writers and influential people he believed sided with the Soviets. He then handed his blacklist over to the IRD. "In bird culture, this is considered a d—
move." Yup, it was a pretty skeezy move — especially
for a man whose entire career was about taking down Big Brother. The sad truth was that Orwell proved himself
to be a first-class jerk and a horrible hypocrite who might've done a fine job working for the
Thought Police. Ernest Hemingway, KGB spy Chisel the Mt. Rushmore of American writers,
and you've got to include Ernest Hemingway. Papa Hemingway typed out some all-time great
novels like A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea, and
even nabbed a Nobel Prize. But when he wasn't churning out classics,
you could find him getting drunk and going on crazy adventures. He patrolled the Cuban coast in his fishing
boat, hunting for Nazi subs. He drove an ambulance during World War I and
worked as a journalist during the Spanish Civil War. However, things took a dark turn when Hemingway
joined the KGB, the notorious Soviet spy agency. Part secret police, part intelligence organization,
the KGB made its name jailing political opponents and murdering enemies of the state. When it comes to digging up dirt and hunting
down dissidents, the KGB is right up there with the Stasi and the Gestapo. In other words, if you get a job with the
KGB, you're automatically not cool. "Boo! Not cool!" And according to books like Spies: The Rise
and Fall of the KGB in America and Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy, Hemingway actually volunteered
to do a bit of espionage for the Soviets. He was given the codename "Argo" — a ship
from Greek mythology; fitting for such a nautical guy. He may be the granddaddy of modern badassery,
but it turned out Hemingway was a lousy spy. According to official KGB files, Argo never
delivered any political information, and the Russians soon gave up on their undercover
author. J.D. Salinger, total creep When it comes to writing, J.D. Salinger was
no phony. The reclusive author was the man behind The
Catcher in the Rye, one of the most beloved and debated novels of all time. But while Salinger's work has attracted legions
of fans, many don't know — or overlook — his controversial history with teenage girls. As it turns out, Salinger was kind of a creep
when it came to manipulating young women. He would often lure these young girls into
romantic relationships by writing them letters, using both his pen and his power to seduce
and trap teenagers. When he was 53, he spotted a teenage Joyce
Mccaynard on the cover of The New York Times and soon drew her into a relationship. She would later write about her interactions
with the author, describing him as more than a tad predatory. Ickier still, he began courting Jean Miller
when she was just 14. He kept their uncomfortable relationship going
until the girl turned 20, and then they finally hooked up. After an awkward one night stand, Salinger
dumped her immediately. "What did your mother think of this?" "Well, exactly." Of course, when it came to people his own
age, Salinger was far less seductive. On one occasion, a woman showed up at his
house, collecting for the Red Cross, and he responded by pulling a gun and threatening
to shoot her. Sure, the man was reclusive, but taking shots
at the Red Cross is going a little too far with the whole angsty writer angle. Jack London, horrible racist White Fang is one of the most famous 19th-century
American novels, and one of the best stories ever written from a canine's point of view. But there's a lot more going on here than
a simple story about a wolfdog making its way in the world. Pick up a copy of White Fang and skip to the
part where the heroic beast encounters white people for the very first time after living
with a tribe of Native Americans. "As compared with the Indians he had known,
they were to him another race of superior gods." The novel then goes on to say that White Fang's
Native American master "was a child-god among these white skinned ones." Yeah, it seems White Fang is a really racist
wolf… probably because author Jack London is one of the biggest bigots in American literature. If you think the "superior gods" stuff is
bad, then check out London's essay called "The Salt of the Earth," which argued that
whites are "a race of mastery and achievement." London even wrote that genocide was just a
part of natural selection, something that's perfectly acceptable when "lesser breeds"
encounter Anglo-Saxons. And don't even get us started on his anti-Chinese
1910 short story, "The Unparalleled Invasion." Here's the abridged version: China starts
taking over the world, so the US and Europe wipe it off the map with biological weapons. Real uplifting stuff, London. Doesn't remind us of evil aliens at all. "EXTERMINATE" Roald Dahl, anti-Semitic jerk It might come as a surprise that Roald Dahl
— author of James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The BFG — was a bit of a monster in
real life, not unlike the ghoulish characters that populate his stories. Dahl was reportedly a horrible person who
made life miserable for everyone who worked at his publishing company, Alfred A. Knopf. According to one account by editor-in-chief
Robert Gottlieb, whenever Dahl dropped by the office, he treated secretaries like servants
and threw tantrums when he didn't get his way. When the company finally told Dahl to get
a grip or get out, everyone in the office supposedly got on their desks and cheered. Dahl was so bad that his first wife nicknamed
him "Roald the Rotten." In addition to being generally ill-tempered,
he was allegedly racist. In the original versions of Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory, the Oompa Loompas weren't eerie-looking orange dwarves from a mystical
island; instead, they were actually black pygmies. As pointed out by the BBC, in James and the
Giant Peach, the character of the Grasshopper proclaims, "I'd rather be fried alive and eaten by a
Mexican." But worst of all, Dahl went on the record
in 1983 during an interview with New Statesmen, saying, "There is a trait the in the Jewish character
that does provoke animosity. […] Even a stinker like Hitler didn't just
pick on them for no reason." That's right. According to Roald Dahl, the Jewish people
deserved what they got during the Holocaust, which is definitely not a story you want your
kids to hear. "You can quote Oscar Wilde, and say: When
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30 thoughts on “Respected Writers Who Were Actually Terrible People

  1. You had forgotten Heinlein, but he is more close to Lovecraft, Lovecraft because he was a mess of issues and racism, and Heinlein because he was a walking contradiction, bounding to one extreme of the ideological spectrum to the other, but even with all the racism, Lovecraft was more focus in his stories than Heinlein.

  2. Ahhh racism. Gotta love the fact that although every human shares a commonality of overall appearance we allow color to set the bar for how we treat one another.

    If you have two arms, legs and a head then racism holds no validity considering color is generally not used as a legitimate reason not to like something. Racism is established by a subconscious thought that if a person's color is too dissimilar to their own then that person exceeds the ideal level of balance of pigment and should be exempt from the majority. Whether we are aware of it or not is beside the point.

    Every human is racist on a certain level. Awareness of this is how you defeat racism as an element of denial is no longer present and forces people to think about how they treat other people. It should have never gained a foothold on society since all true description of the person's skin color ends in the same word across the board, black person, white person, brown person. The commonality is the word "person" which proves the awareness that we are all the same and this level of equality should be afforded to everyone. Society as we know it always has a level of racism and a society that has such a negative element to its structure will eventually fail.

    A civilization that is at war with itself will never thrive and will sink slowly into oblivion.

    No wonder the government can pull shit behind the backs of everyone, we are focused on a detail that does not matter and the words "when did that become a law" commonly said proves we do not have a level of realization who the real problem is. I'll give you a hint, its the handful of people who assume the position to dictate the lives of billions of people all over the world, aka governments.

    If you cannot see there are both gorgeous men and/or women in every race group then you are a racist.

  3. I've never read White Fang, and I had no idea it was written from the dog's POV. I'll have to pick that up. Thanks Grunge.

  4. There's a huge difference between socialism and communism so get your facts right before making the two to be one and the same thing

  5. even when you'r a great writer/and write classic novels, that doesn't mean you have to be a great person. Usually, they are not. Like we all are….

  6. Oh white people love their artist into denial just like black people do. It’s okay that most of our historical figures were bigots. It’s okay y’all 😇

  7. “I’d rather be fried alive and eaten by Mexicans” is actually in reference to something people in Mexico actually do. They eat fried grasshoppers and crickets. How is that even a racist thing for the grasshopper to say?

  8. I live in the neighborhood where Hunter S. Thompson grew up, and people here sometimes get chills down their spine when you speak his name. Though some tales of his teen misdeeds are false, there is no question he was violent and abusive.

  9. Who give your website this information Argo?
    Please comrad..I mean friend, touch this doorknob.

  10. I notice yoyu're very quick to point fingers at Hemingway about spying for the KGB. Why do I never hear anyone in North American media (apart from fringe outlets) calling out their own dirty-tricks secret police forces. Your CIA has murdered so many people, it's almost impssible to keep count. How many authors worked for them? I bet you'll never bring that up! Typical Western Exceptionalism, eh?

  11. I was wondering why this channel is dying. Now I understand. It’s nothing but white guilt, political correctness and trash content. You’re going to preach tolerance until your channel dies.

  12. Honestly, after what I have heard about Bill Murray, he probably had it coming when Hunter S. Thompson dumped his ass in the pool.

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