33 Literary Geniuses Who Happen To Be Super Hot

Baby, you’re like the most popular book in the library. Everyone is checking you out.

1. Ernest Hemingway

He was misogynistic, yes, but it can’t be denied that Hemingway was a looker.

2. Alice Walker

Dayyyyyyum, The Color Purple bagged the National Book Award in ‘83, and its author just bagged a top spot on this list.

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3. Rupert Brooke

The poet was once described by W.B. Yeats as “the handsomest young man in England.”

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4. Jhumpa Lahiri

She won the 2000 Pulitzer for Interpreter of Maladies. Jhumpa Lahiri = whole package.

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5. Langston Hughes

He pioneered Jazz Poetry and he could get it.

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6. Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith could cut you with her words and her cheekbones.

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7. John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck? More like, John FINE-beck.

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8. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hawthorne was a studmuffin, and having penned The Scarlet Letter, totally a feminist too.

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9. Nell Freudenberger

She was a 2010 winner of a Guggenheim fellowship and hearts everywhere.

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10. Daphne du Maurier

Who would’ve thunk that Hitchcock’s creepy movie The Birds was a adapted from a story that came from this angelic head? Respect.

11. Anton Chekhov

He wasn’t just a sexy beast, if you’ve ever read The Kiss, you know he was also devastatingly romantic.

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12. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Also one of the New Yorker’s 2010 20 Under 40 selections, Adichie is a supertalented writer and a perfect 10.

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13. Voltaire

Voltaire could even make a long curly wig look sexy.

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14. Daniel Alarcón

Looks and talent, Alarcón was one of the New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 selections in 2010. What a cutie.

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15. Louise Glück

This former Poet Laureate isn’t just easy on the eyes, her poems are easy on the ears too.

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16. F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott and his wife, Zelda, were the physical embodiment of the Jazz Age. Can write. Can party.

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17. Tao Lin

Tao Lin might be controversial, but his studliness certainly isn’t.

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18. Jack Kerouac

This was Jack Kerouac’s U.S. Naval Reserve enlistment photo. Don’t all go enlisting at once now.

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19. Lord Byron

Hands down, hottest Romantic poet ever. Also the inspiration for the Byronic hero. Sigh.

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20. Marisha Pessl

Her debut novel Special Topics in Calamity Physics has been translated into 30 languages. Can you say hot in 30 languages?

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21. Toni Morrison

Born Chloe Wofford in 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison is a legend and a looker.

22. Andrew Sean Greer

This prize-winning writer should win a prize for those baby blues.

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23. Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre-resistable, amirite?

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24. Paul Auster

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Those eyes. So piercing.

25. Nicole Krauss

Probably most people would like to discuss The History of Love with Nicole Krauss, but Jonathan Safran Foer won. High five, Jonathan Safran Foer.

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26. D.H. Lawrence

No wonder Lawrence had so many books about love, by the looks of it, he was probably an expert.

27. Chang-Rae Lee

So brilliant and such a babe.

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28. Joan Didion

Joan Didion could’ve given Kate Moss a run for her money.

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29. Richard Mason

Brooding, handsome, and brilliant? Check, check, and check.

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30. Neil Gaiman

Multi-talented Neil Gaiman is basically Jim Morrison’s hair twin.

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31. Margaret Mitchell

Scarlett O’Hara who? Margaret Mitchell’s doe eyes are way more captivating.

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32. Junot Diaz

This broodingly hot author has a way with words. His novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the Pulitzer in 2008.

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33. J.D. Salinger

Theory: Salinger was reclusive because he was sick of all the groupies he was attracting.


CORRECTION: An image of Gillian Flynn was misidentified as Nell Freudenberger in an earlier version of this post.

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