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Literature’s Deep Debt: Ten Literary Luminaries Who Love Comics

From FreeForAll, by Margaret Atwood and Christian Ward
From FreeForAll, by Margaret Atwood and Christian Ward

Comics are often set in opposition to “serious” literature, but that convention is one that has long been flouted by highly esteemed, award-winning authors who grew up reading comic books and aren’t ashamed to talk about their continued love for the medium. Some of them have even tried their hand at writing comics, or have populated their novels with characters who are cartoonists.

Here are ten literary luminaries who have close relationships with comics. Some may surprise you --- but a few won't come as much of a shock! Most are living; some are literary giants that we've lost. Together they represent a diverse swath of the globe. Something they all have in common is excellence: Among these ten writers are three National Book Award winners, two Pulitzer Prize winners, two Mann Booker Award winners, two Nobel Prize Laureates, one MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, one National Humanities Medal recipient, one Officer of the French Legion of Honor, and one knight!

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Diaz Discusses His Love Of Comics

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It's no secret that Junot Díaz is a huge comic fan. In his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the titular character is a young Dominican boy growing up in New Jersey who is obsessed with comics, science fiction, and fantasy (The title of the first chapter is "Ghetto Nerd at the End of the World"), and is a reflection of the writer's own lifelong interests. And w...

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