A friendship between two great creative minds can sometimes yield a bounty of great work, inspiration and mutual admiration for one other. Of course, it can just as easily spur on jealousy and hurt feelings. Both have been the case in real-life friendships between some of the biggest, most notable giants of the literary world. While we might hope these connections would always work out for the best, there are lessons to be learned from even the most tumultuous of relationships. Whether you’re a writer yourself, a college student or just love learning about literature, take a look at these great bookish bromances for some lessons on how to be a good friend to your nearest and dearest in life.
I've read much about the relationship between Lewis and Tolkien. Their quarrel doesn't fit the image I've always held of them. I don't know why. They're human too, just as easily affected by their emotions. I suppose it means I placed them higher on the pedestal than the rest of us mere mortals. (And that reveals a bit more about myself than I probably should have shared.)
There are a few pairs I expected to see named and didn't. Anais Nin and Henry Miller, for one. But I still enjoyed the piece. Hope you do too!