Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these Author Couples

Writing has the reputation of being a lonely task, so it’s no surprise when two writers are drawn to one another. Even if they don’t write in the same style, genre, or field, creative folks often end up together. As you cozy up this Valentine’s Day weekend, why not enjoy a pair of books from these coupled-up authors?

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley

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One of the most famous literary couples, the Shelleys epitomized the Romantic era and created some of English literature’s most iconic works, from Mary’s revolutionary, genre-creating novels to Percy’s lyric, philosophical poetry.

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir

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This unconventional couple were more than a match for one another, debating philosophical ideas and reading each other’s work in a partnership that lasted over 50 years.

Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas

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Another well-known pair, Stein and Toklas were among the famous group of expats living Paris between World Wars. Stein’s most famous work was written as an “autobiography” of her partner, but Toklas was an author in her own right, publishing multiple books including a collection of recipes.

Zadie Smith and Nick Laird

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London-born Smith and Northern Ireland-born Laird are a UK literary power couple! While both have written novels, Smith is also well known for her essays and short stories, while Laird is an award-winning poet.

Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon

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Waldman and Chabon met on a blind date and were married within weeks, and go on “plot walks” to help one another with their works in progress.

Joshua Ferris and Eliza Kennedy

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We don’t know what they would say makes their marriage work, but we can say that one thing Ferris and Kennedy share is razor-sharp intelligence and a knack for offbeat humor, as evident in their novels.

Gabe Habash and Julie Buntin

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Habash and Buntin are indie bookstore favorites whose debut novels published within months of each other in 2017, a tidbit made all the more fun by the fact that the two are married. Aww!

Roxane Gay and Debbie Millman

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Roxane Gay is one of the most prominent living literary thinkers, and she’s produced works of fiction, memoir, criticism, and more. But did you know her fiancée , Debbie Millman, is an expert on design, and has written multiple books on the subject?

Hari Kunzru and Katie Kitamura

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If you’re thinking the above novel covers look pretty darn good together, you’re right! And the authors look good together too; Kunzru and Kitamura are married.

Oliver Sacks and Bill Hayes

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The late Oliver Sacks’s books on the strange behavior of human brains are perennial bestsellers, and his partner Bill Hayes writes a variety of nonfiction, including a memoir about his relationship with Sacks.

Priya Parker and Anand Giridharadas

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The above books were two of the most interesting and thought-provoking (not to mention best-selling) nonfiction titles of the past couple years, so we were very tickled to learn that the authors have been married since 2012.

Laura Van Den Berg and Paul Yoon

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Novelists Yoon and Van Den Berg are married, too! Van Den Berg says being in a relationship with another writer has taught them to “resist the urge to compare and to embrace doing our own thing: the sooner any writer can learn that, the better off they’ll be.”

Do you have a favorite writer relationship? Let us know!

 

 

 

 

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