For most writers, the word “collection” is used to describe their latest book of short stories or poems. However, there are some authors who engage in the kind of collecting more commonly associated with fine art or, say, Pokémon cards.
Why do these writers’ collections fascinate us? Well, we like to think of it as the literary equivalent of “Stars — They’re Just Like Us!” More often than not, we imagine acclaimed authors tucked away for months at a time, subsisting on coffee and typing away. The pedestrian and habitual act of collecting is a welcome reminder of their human quirks.
And what quirks they are! These are the grand, obscure and strange collections of seven authors: