Author Friendships in Images

Most people enjoy hanging out with friends who have similar interests, and writers are no different. Here are a few famous author friendships, including T. S. Eliot,and Virginia Woolf;  George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc, and G. K. Chesterton.

In addition to personal friendships, some authors participated in literary discussion groups which spawned a number of interesting author friendships.The Inklings was a literary group composed of mostly Oxford scholars that met in the 1930’s and 40’s and included C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield, among others. Another group of literary friends that met during the first half of the twentieth century is the Bloomsbury group, which counted Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, and Lytton Strachey, the author of Eminent Victorians, among its core members.

T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf were friends who influenced each other's works.

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T. S. Eliot; Virginia Woolf (née Stephen)
by Lady Ottoline Morrell

vintage snapshot print,
June 1924 (NPG Ax141646)
© National Portrait Gallery, London
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George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc, and G.K.Chesterton

George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc, and G.K.Chesterton

A few other authors who were friends include J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis; Henry James and Edith Wharton; Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott; Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins; Mark Twain and Frederick Douglass; and Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell. If we discover photographs that depict these or other classic author friendships, we’ll be sure to add them.

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