10 Famous Authors' Famous Addictions

By Emily Temple

From Dostoevsky to Hemingway, acclaimed writers have battled a variety of addictions.

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The new year is upon us, and we all know what that means: it's time to renounce our indulgences, thwart our addictions, and give up our hedonistic tendencies—if only for a week or two. But don't feel too bad if you fail—some of the most brilliant figures in literary history have been hopeless addicts, hooked on everything from coffee to sex to opium, exhibiting varying degrees of shame about it. It is the human condition, after all, and we can only hope that more garden-variety addicts turn their habits into great literature.

Click through to check out our list of famous authors' famous addictions, and let's all agree to be (a little bit) better in the new year.

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