Other Interests

Anthony Burgess was a prolific composer.

Zora Neale Hurston
was an influential ethnologist, researching folktales of the American South.

Kazuo Ishiguro
started out as a wannabe pop singer. He says his songwriting helped his writing career: he went through his purple phase, etc.

Vladimir Nabokov
was an influential lepidopterist. He also created chess problems, but was apparently not a stellar player.

Okot p'Bitek
played football for the Uganda national team.

J.R.R. Tolkien
was a noted philologist.

Leo Tolstoy
's interest in pacifism influenced Mahatma Gandhi, with whom he corresponded.

E.B. White was co-author of the influential Elements of Style ("Strunk and White") with William Strunk.