by Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 21 November 2013

Most writers spend their time indoors because: 1) there are actual people outside. And people are scary. 2) they prefer to write great literature in the comfort of their own home. So it makes us wonder, what did the writing rooms of literary giants look like? Did they have a squishy ball? Did they have write on a table or a hammock? Did they have a Corgi to inspire them, like, 200% of the time? Read on to find out. [Photo above: Stephen King working in his study]

Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. Of all time! She has sold around 4 billion copies and her works rank as third most widely-published books of all time, next to William Shakespeare and the Bible. Here she is at home writing more books and trying to outsell Jesus.

Arthur Conan Doyle
“Elementary, my dear, Watson.” Arthur Conan Doyle in his England home, possibly writing another thriller involving everyone’s favourite detective.

Arthur Miller
He may have written titles like Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and All My Sons, but another equally awesome achievement was he was once married to Marilyn Monroe. Some guys have all the luck. I could see his title now: “Pulitzer Prize winner and ex-husband of Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller.

C.S. Lewis
Best known for The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis resided in Oxford, England. He wrote most of his novels here and served on the English Faculty at Oxford University, where he was close chums with his co-faculty, J.R.R. Tolkien.

Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer. Here she is at her famous and beautiful estate, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway was a Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize winning author who wrote classics like The Sun Also Rises and For Whom The Bell Tolls. He was also a boxer, a soldier, a spy, and just a real badass.

George Bernard Shaw
He won an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay, and a Nobel Prize and Literature. Not too shabby for a guy who wrote in a small shack in his garden.

George Orwell
You know you’re a big deal when you have authoritarian or totalitarian practices named after you. In George Orwell’s case, it’s Orwellian. He penned famous – obviously an understatement – books like Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four.

Gertrude Stein
She was a famous novelist and poet, but was equally famous for her home in Paris. Her residence at 27 Rue de Fleurus on the Left Bank of Paris was known for having popular artists and writers as guests. The most famous of these guests was Pablo Picasso.

Ian Fleming
Goldeneye wasn’t only the name of his famous novel, it was also the name of his estate in Jamaica. Here he wrote all his Bond novels. 12 years after Fleming’s death, Bob Marley bought it for himself. Talk about a house with history.

Mark Twain
A really, really old photo of one literary giant at home. Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Ray Bradbury
We all know Ray Bradbury is one of the most celebrated American authors in the 20th century with works like Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked Comes This Way. But we sure didn’t know that he was something of a hoarder. Just look at that mess! And that cool Moose!

Roald Dahl
Dubbed as “one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century,” Roald Dahl wrote books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The and The Witches. This was photographed at his home in Buckinghamshire, England.

Scott Fitzgerald
Famous for writing masterpieces like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Great Gatsby, here we see Scott Fitzgerald concentrating on a blank wall. Just look at that laser sharp focus. Another masterpiece is about to be written!

Stephen King
He’s written the scariest books that’s ever hit the shelves. Titles like Pet Sematary, Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, The Dark Tower, and It will haunt your dreams. So it makes you wonder why Stephen King has a Corgi for a pet instead of say, I don’t know, The Boogeyman or Dracula, for instance.