Ugly authors

They’re photoshopping Jane Austen, so where will it stop? One writer who could do with some help is Al-Jahiz (776-868). Now known as something of a medieval Gollum, he killed and sold fish along the canal in Basra as a small boy, progressed into being a “notably ugle writer with ‘goggle eyes'” (hence جاحظ العينين) (Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, GBS), and was crushed to death in his precious library by collapsing bookstack. Not for him the eternal renown of an Ann Coulter!

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