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Families of Writers

Some families just seem to have lots of writing talents: the Brontës, the Manns etc.
The family connection can be any: brothers/sisters, parents/children, husband/wife etc.
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405 books · 42 voters · list created July 11th, 2013 by Ellinor (votes) .
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message 1: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Jul 12, 2013 02:05AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Works BY members of those families only, or ABOUT them/their members as well?


message 2: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor Good question. I originally only thought about books BY members of the families. But I'd say works ABOUT them are fine too. I'd prefer works about the whole family though, not biographies about the individual members.


message 3: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Wuthering Heights has doubled up
:O)


message 4: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor Thanks for noticing, I've edited the list and it should be there only once now.


message 5: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Jul 12, 2013 03:40AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Ellinor wrote: "Good question. I originally only thought about books BY members of the families. But I'd say works ABOUT them are fine too. I'd prefer works about the whole family though, not biographies about the individual members."

Turns out I'm having trouble limiting myself to 100 votes for books BY members of writer families as it is ... ;)

But it'll be good to know what you're looking for down the line nevertheless, once others start adding biographies, criticism and the like.


message 6: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor I know that problem! I try to limit myself to one work per person. I come up with new ones all the time and if I voted for more books my 100 votes would be gone in no time.
Who would have thought that there are so many?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Lists such as this one are a great exercise in associative thinking! :)

One book per writer? Admirable discipline ...

I tend to do the reverse -- first throw in everything I can think of and then scrape away surplus entries (preferably books that others have already voted in the interim) once I've reached the 100-vote cutoff and want to add more nevertheless. Which at this point probably involves the same battle with myself you must be having right from the start: "But -- but -- but this is SUCH a great book, too, and it really SHOULD also be on this list ..." :)


message 8: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor Themis-Athena wrote: "Lists such as this one are a great exercise in associative thinking! :)

Yes, they definitely are :)


I tend to do the reverse -- first throw in everything I can think of and then..."

I've used this strategy for other lists too. Oh those decisions :)


message 9: by BookLovingLady (last edited Aug 14, 2016 02:03AM) (new)

BookLovingLady The Flemish author Cyriel Buysse was the son of author Pauline Loveling and therefore the nephew of her sisters Rosalie Loveling and Virginie Loveling.

And then there are the four authors of the Singer family, of course, with Nobel prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer, his elder sister Esther Kreitman Singer, his elder brother Israel Joshua Singer and his nephew (Esther's son) Morris Kreitman, who later became known as Maurice Carr.


message 10: by BookLovingLady (last edited Aug 14, 2016 02:04AM) (new)

BookLovingLady I suddenly remembered Anita Desai and Kiran Desai (mother and daughter). Don't know why I didn't think of them before as I own books by both, especially as one is a Booker Prize nominee and the other is a Booker Prize winner... Shame on me for not remembering sooner :-)

I've also added Leo Henri Ferrier and Cynthia Mc Leod, who are brother and sister. And then there is Oscar Wilde, of course, who was the son of author Lady Wilde.

Dutch author Hermine Heijermans is the daughter of Herman Heijermans, who in turn was the son of Ida Heijermans.

I'm getting there, slowly :-)


message 12: by BookLovingLady (last edited Dec 28, 2015 08:43AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "Antonia Fraser and Harold Pinter."

I've read some of Harold Pinter's plays, and have therefore added a book, but had no idea he belonged to a 'family of writers'. I had never heard of Antonia Fraser till now :-).

@Ellinor
Thanks for this list! I really like it, it's so very informative.


message 13: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor Thanks, Booklovinglady! I'm also surprised how many families of writers there actually are, much more than I ever thought of when I started this list.


message 14: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Ellinor wrote: "Thanks, Booklovinglady! I'm also surprised how many families of writers there actually are, much more than I ever thought of when I started this list."

Same here. I really had no idea...


message 15: by BookLovingLady (last edited Oct 28, 2015 06:15AM) (new)

BookLovingLady And here's another one: Margriet de Moor is the mother of Marente de Moor :-)


message 16: by BookLovingLady (last edited Dec 28, 2015 08:42AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Jan Terlouw is the father of Sanne Terlouw (thanks for mentioning them, Jessie). Apart from being an author in his own right, Jan Terlouw also writes crime novels together with his daughter.


message 17: by BookLovingLady (last edited Aug 14, 2016 02:14AM) (new)

BookLovingLady I think I worked out why Daphne du Maurier is on this list: She is the granddaughter of George du Maurier.

There are a number of authors on this list I've read but of whom I have no idea about any family link whatsoever (and I haven't voted for them, for that reason). Can someone help me out as to Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and Aldous Huxley, as I'd really like to know... The family relation might be obvious to British voters, but I'm not British :-)


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