Two-Typewriter Homes: Famous Literary Roommates

By Emily Temple

What happens when multiple manic writerly minds inhabit the same space

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Recently, The Rumpus dug up a great article from a 1998 edition of the LA Times, wherein Saul Bellow describes living with Ralph Ellison in a grand old house in upstate New York. Inspired by this pairing, we decided to poke around to try and find out which other famous writers have lived together, whether before they became famous, while scribbling away, or as established authors living the high life.

Just to be clear, we're not counting famous literary couples (or at least not constant ones, anyway). That'd just be too easy. Look below to read about a few literary greats who split the rent, and you might start looking at that aspiring novelist roommate of yours in a whole new light.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/05/two-typewriter-homes-famous-literary-roommates/257259/