Perhaps you saw the article in the most recent New Yorker about F. Scott Fitzgerald's miserable final years in/around Hollywood. I just wrote an email that made me think about writers whose lives I really wouldn't want to have had. Off the top of my head--
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Oscar Wilde
- Marquis de Sade
- Nabokov (this is almost the only person in history about whom, if you said, "Want to give up your life and have his?" I would say yes)
- James Salter
- Thomas Malory
I just realized there are no women on my list. Hmm.