Wrapped Up In Books: 10 Great Odes to Famous Writers

Here at Flavorpill, we’re huge fans of genre crossover, particularly when one artist we love pays tribute to another one we hold dear. This week, Vol. 1 Brooklyn pointed us towards a new song by Diehard called “Steinbeck,” after, of course, the famous author. After listening, we were inspired to dig up a few more sonic odes to famous writers — not just songs inspired by their works, mind you, though there are many of those, but songs actually devoted to or inspired by the authors themselves, which are a little less common. Click through to listen to ten songs we love about famous writers we love even more — or just stream the entire playlist here — and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite sonic odes to authors in the comments!

“Sylvia Plath” — Ryan Adams

“I wish I had a Sylvia Plath/ Busted tooth and a smile/ And cigarette ashes in her drink/ The kind that goes out and then sleeps for a week…”

We’re sure Sylvia is the dream girl of a lot of weepy singer/songwriters’ dream girl, so we’re not too surprised to hear Ryan Adams crooning about how he wants a lady just like her. Then again, we think he might not know just what he’s getting into.