Posted on 07/15/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A friend’s mother is full of wisdom, and one such pearl she shared with us in our college years was that you learn whom you truly like after traveling with them.

We’d add the corollary that staying with someone — or serving as their host — is bound to reveal truths as well.

Jessica Francis Kane, herself a writer, takes a look at how writers have behaved as houseguests and hosts throughout the ages, and how it in turn has affected literature.

Check it out in the New York Times and consider yourself fortunate that you can admire so many of these authors only from afar.

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