20 Affairs of the Heart by Writers of Note

February 7, 2024

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary Year and the month of love, enjoy this list of 20 affairs of the heart by writers of note!


1. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre


2. Virginia Woolf and Leonard Woolf


3. Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes


4. Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir


5. Pablo Neruda and Matilde Urrutia


6. Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn


7. Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller


8. Dylan Thomas and Caitlin Macnamara


9. James Joyce and Nora Barnacle


10. Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning


11. Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann


12. Gabriel García Márquez and Mercedes Barcha


13. Dorothy Parker and Alan Campbell


14. Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman


15. George Sand and Frédéric Chopin


16. Hermann Hesse and Maria Bernoulli


17. Vladimir Nabokov and Vera Nabokov


18. Jack Kerouac and Joan Haverty


19. Kurt Vonnegut and Jane Cox


20. T.S. Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood



1. Romeo and Juliet – Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare


2. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


3. Tea Cake and Janie – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston


4. Orpheus and Eurydice – Various adaptations and poems


5. Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


6. Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler – Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


7. Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza – Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez


8. Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


9. Marianne and Connell – Normal People by Sally Rooney


10. Emma Bovary and Rodolphe Boulanger – Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert


11. Jeannette Winterson and Louise – Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeannette Winterson


12. Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


13. Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist – Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx


14. Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


15. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson


16. Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy – Bridget Jones’ Diary  by Helen Fielding


17. Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley – The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


18. Celie and Shug Avery – The Color Purple by Alice Walker


19. Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza – “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


20. Elio Perlman and Oliver – Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

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