(January 31, 1905-April 11, 1970)
Born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Wrote the novels 'Appointment in Samarra' (1934), 'BUtterfield 8' (1935), 'Pal Joey' (1940), A Rage to Live' (1949), 'Ten North Frederick' (1955) and 'Elizabeth Appleton' (1963)
Wrote the column 'My Turn' for 'Newsday' (1964)
Why he might be annoying
He got fired from several newspaper jobs for being late, absent, drunk or too hungover to work.
He was a social climber and name dropper who would ask friends for stationery and matchbooks from exclusive clubs so he could pose as a member.
Editors at 'The New Yorker' would debate whether he or James Thurber was the bigger jerk to work with.
One critic said he was 'boorish, vain, petty, snobby, quarrelsome and just plain hard to take' -- and that was when he was sober.
Drunk, he would punch people out, including women and, during an incident at the '21' club, a midget.
Fran Lebowitz claimed he was 'an underrated writer because every single person who knew him hated him.'
Why he might not be annoying
He had more short stories published by 'The New Yorker' than any other author.
He was a correspondent in the Pacific theater during World War II.
He was known for his accurate ear for dialogue.
Ernest Hemingway wrote 'If you want to read a book by a man who knows exactly what he is writing about and has written it marvelously well, read Appointment in Samarra.'
'BUtterfield 8' was such hot stuff in its day that it was banned in Australia until 1963.
Credit: C. Fishel
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In 2013, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
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In 2011, Out of 7 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 8 Votes: 87.50% Annoying
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