“I began to think vodka was my drink at last. It didn’t taste like anything, but it went straight down into my stomach like a sword swallowers’ sword and made me feel powerful and godlike.”
— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
There has been some evidence to suggest that famous writers in our past may have imbibed to improve and even spur the fine craft of writing. We all know some famous drunk writers, specifically the white male American authors, who shall remain unnamed (we don’t need your SEO cred, Hemingway!) because surprise surprise, they’re all you read about if you Google ANY variation of ‘famous drunk writers’ listicle. But what about other, less well-known literary drinkers who believed in a stiff drink to cure any sort of writer’s block?