Couple of bookworms - Literary couples
- Brian Donaldson
- 25 June 2009
Jonathan Safran Foer & Nicole Krauss
As a teenager, Nicole Krauss had a crush on German philosopher Walter Benjamin. Considering he died in 1940 (either from suicide while fleeing the Nazis or at the hands of brutal Stalinist agents while fleeing the Nazis, depending on who you believe), and she was born in 1974, there was never any chance of the pair getting it on. She eventually plumped for the Everything is Illuminated author. This golden NYC literary couple now have two no doubt unfeasibly beautiful NYC children.
Paul Auster & Siri Hustvedt
The cigarillo-smoking scribe of such existential masterworks as The New York Trilogy and The Music of Chance is in his second literary marriage, having wed short story writer Lydia Davis. New Jerseyite Auster is now wed to Minnesotan Hustvedt and has met his bookish match as she has amassed acclaimed novels such as What I Loved and Sorrows of an American. This golden NYC literary couple now have one no doubt unfeasibly beautiful NYC child.
Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes
The ultimate tragic bookish pair who wed four months after meeting and whose writings have been overshadowed by death. Plath committed suicide in 1963 and Hughes found love with another woman Assia Wevill. That all ended horrendously when Wevill murdered their own toddler daughter before replicating Plath’s death by asphyxiation.
Zadie Smith & Nick Laird
This pair met at Cambridge where Laird was editing an anthology of poetry and prose and became the first to publish Smith. They received somewhat unwelcome attention from a doorstepping tabloid hack who demanded to know if a neighbour was indeed being driven to a nervous breakdown by the racket made by their whirlpool bath. An appliance which, of course, they didn’t possess.
F Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald
Ah, the good old days when married literary couples shared the bloke’s surname. Hubbie described his missus as ‘the first American flapper’ which we think relates to her status as a fashion icon of the Roaring Twenties and not her tendency to get into a panic in the kitchen.