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10/09/2013 11:59 am ET Updated Oct 09, 2013

10 Famous Authors Who Remind Us That Great Writers Can Also Be Decent Human Beings

Authors, and artists in general, are notoriously difficult to deal with. The list of writers who created masterworks that illuminated truths about the human condition – all while behaving badly toward others in their actual lives -- is a long one.

There are certainly exceptions to this rule, though. Some authors manage to create beauty on the page and also do good in various ways -- whether by donating their time and money to worthy causes, connecting with their fans in meaningful ways, or just being kind to their friends and families.

Here, from a range of genres and time periods, are some notable exceptions to the "all famous authors are jerks" rule:

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