Melville, Twain, and Fitzgerald might be best known for their classic literary contributions, but they all suffered professional and critical disasters during their lifetimes.
This infographic charts the reading habits of five generations — and seeing how different generations consume, select, and engage with their reading materials is enlightening, and sometimes surprising.
I encourage you to consider your own foundational inspirations when it comes to the written word. Who made you want to write in the first place? What works do you think are perfect — the ones you keep coming back to? Whose skill do you aspire to channel or match?
Reading — in addition to being plain fun — can make you a better (smarter, more informed, satisfied) person. That’s why successful people are often voracious readers.