Naked Lunch

Shirtless Mark Twain and Other Naked Writers (Photos)

A shirtless photo of Mark Twain has taken the Web by storm. From Faulkner to Hemingway, here are other writers who’ve gone topless.

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain, possibly apocryphally, once said: “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” America’s favorite writer is of course much better known for dressing up in white suits. But Open Culture recently turned our attention to a photograph of Sam Clemens taken in 1883. Shirtless Mark Twain has even had a Twitter account since September.

Turns out, Twain is by no means the only author who’s posed topless. From William Faulkner to Ernest Hemingway, here are other writers who’ve gone shirtless.

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William Faulkner

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Tennessee Williams (center)


Ernest Hemingway


Winston Churchill


Eugene O'Neill

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Allen Ginsberg (left) and Peter Orlovsky


Ezra Pound

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Ken Kesey and Neal Cassady

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William S. Burroughs