Dirty Old (Literary) Men: The Top 10 of Writing’s Filthiest Pervert Geniuses

There has been a lot of talk about books and sex in this space lately, and it’s not just because of yesterday’s holiday. Anyone who has taken English 101 knows that literature has its share of dirty old men — the lascivious, the leering, and the lewd, the men who concern themselves with the baser instincts and darker drives, the author equivalent of the creep in the corner, stroking his chin and staring at the rears of the teenagers. Herein, some of the dirtiest, most salacious and scandalous men in letters, a list of the Top 10 Dirty Old Literary Men.

1. Charles Bukowski

Bukowski, that bawdy sod, boozed, brawled, and screwed his way in and out of literary infamy. A chronicler of low-lifedom, his concerns were carnal, sometimes exuberant, often defeated and depressed. “You boys can keep your virgins,” he wrote. “Give me hot old women in high heels with asses that forgot to get old.”