Friday, March 02, 2012

Literary Collaborations: Two Heads are Better Than One

Literary Collaborations: Two Heads are Better Than One: They say too many cooks spoil the broth? Writing books is supposed to be a solitary task and yet literary collaborations between authors are surprisingly frequent. We’re not talking about a celebrity making the most of their 15 minutes with a ghostwriter - this selection showcases legitimate writers pooling their talent.

Before you mention that Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote together, and Stephen King and Peter Straub too, let’s venture back to 19th century Europe and the work of the Brothers Grimm. Jacob and Wilhelm set the standard for literary collaborations with Grimm’s Fairy Tales. This collection of stories, harvested from folklore, is one of the most influential works in Western culture and offers lasting proof that collaborations can be successful.

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