Writers and Alcoholism
Has anyone else that ever read a bio on some of the most famous writers in history noticed that the great majority of them were alcoholics? This is something that has always been a curiosity of mine. Look at the list of names (just a few) : Poe, Capote, Hemmingway, and perhaps the worst drunk, Fitzgerald. Famous for thier work, they also gained notority for their heavy drinking. Why is this do you think? One of my teachers seems to think several factors come into play. Pressure from being famous? Writers block? Personal issues (this could be one of the reasons for Fitzgerald's drinking). What are some other thoughts?