Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Who Knew?

On the public librarians' email list, PubLib, we spent the last day or two of 2005 thinking up literary couples, to help out a colleague who hoped to make a display about them. Oh, there were the ones who work together (Stan & Jan Berenstain; the Thurlos, the Thoenes) and the ones well known in history (the Shelleys, the Brownings, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, Leonard and Virginia Woolf). But the real fun was in the couples that elicited immediate return emails asking, "Really?"
       Here's a short sampling from a very long--and still growing--list:
   Kate Wilhelm and Damon Knight
   Annick Smith and Bill Kittredge
   Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman
   Kathryn and Colin Harrison
   Nora Ephron and Carl Bernstein
   Anne Bernays and Justin Kaplan
   Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser
   Michael Frayn and Claire Tomalin
   Jonathan Kellerman and Faye Kellerman
   Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne
   Margaret Drabble and Michael Holroyd
   Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
   Dashiell Hammett & Lillian Hellman
   Shirley Hazzard and Francis Steegmuller
   Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt
   Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Safran Foer
   Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini
and, one for us old fogeys, Robert Lowell and Jean Stafford.
       Sorry not to give you catalog links for them all. It would take absolutely forever. Just enter whomever right here:

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