P.G. Wodehouse died in 1975 when he was 93 years old. He wrote five hours a day for the bigger part of his life. With so much writing you just can't publish three books! He was very popular among the general public but also with colleagues like Evelyn Waugh and George Orwell. I think most of us would put the two latter writers in another category of literature as Wodehouse. But does that mean that Wodehouse books are less literary? To be sure the readers probably enjoy Wodehouse's books more than the books of the other two who might need a little bit more reflection and has less humour in them. Don't we all love to laugh once in a while?
|P.G. Wodehouse, Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates|
|Graham Greene, Charles Dickens and Georges Simenon|
Maria Popova is a Bulgarian writer and blogger who has researched the sleeping habits of famous writers. It seems to have been a huge task since she gathered information from journals, diaries etc. There is not really any statistics on writers' sleep, is there? Interesting enough it seems that most writers (there are of course exceptions) like to write early in the morning. I just mention some here;
Immanuel Kant and Edith Sitwell, 5 a.m., Ernest Hemingway and Edith Wharton, 6 a.m., Charles Dickens and Johan Wolfgang von Göthe, 7 a.m., Charles Darwin, Franz Kafka, 8 a.m. And now we come to more reasonable morning hours; Gore Vidal and Virginia Wolf, 9 a.m., Gertrude Stein, James Joyce 10 a.m., F. Scott Fitzgerald, 11 a.m. and Charles Bukowski 12 a.m.! There are also information on number of books, prizes received etc. As Popova says it is difficult to make a scientific conclusion from such data, but it is however, rather interesting. As you see, most of them are early birds.
Maybe that is why they are successful. I read recently the book What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (see my review here) and I am amazed what successful people do before breakfast. They go up at 3, 4 or 5 in the morning to exercise, read the paper or something else entirely healthy and which they have no time to do during the day! I knew there was something with my carrier. I am not in that position since I can't function before 9 a.m. and before 3-4 cups of coffee! Not that I mind at all!