From Mark Twain to Hemingway, Here Are 10 Photos of Authors Who’ve Gone Topless

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 turned our attention to a photograph of Sam Clemens taken in 1883.

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.

Mark Twain
William Faulkner
Ernest Hemingway
Tennessee Williams (center)
Winston Churchill
Eugene O’Neill
Allen Ginsberg (left) and Peter Orlovsky
Ezra Pound
Ken Kesey and Neal Cassady
William S. Burroughs

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