Two-Typewriter Homes: Famous Literary Roommates

Frank O’Hara and Edward Gorey

Poet Frank O’Hara and macabre writer and illustrator Edward Gorey were roommates at Harvard in the late ’40s, where they furnished their apartment with garden furniture and a coffee table made from a repurposed tombstone. According to The New Yorker, the pair “established their rooms as (in the words of a home-town friend) the spot to ‘lie down on a chaise lounge, get mellow with a few drinks, and listen to Marlene Dietrich records.'” Pompous and eccentric? Perhaps. But we bet their room was the coolest place on campus.