Literature’s Most Famous Party Hosts


Some writers are almost as famous for their raucous boozing as they are for their prose. You could fill a book with tales of literary parties—in fact, professional party planner Suzette Field did just that.

The book is called A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Literature, and she’s expounded on a few of those parties in an article for the Guardian.

From Mrs. Dalloway’s gathering of well-mannered politicians to Jay Gatsby’s West Egg ragers, they all sound like events we’d like to be invited to.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →