Giovanni Boccaccio might not be as famous as the other names on this list, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he was indeed one of the greatest writers this world has ever seen. He deserves every bit of recognition that comes his way.
In 1348, when the Black Death struck his hometown, Florence, it killed his father and stepmother. In order to save himself from suffering the same fate, he went away to the countryside and self-quarantined in a villa. It is during this time that he wrote the iconic book, The Decameron.
7. Edvard Munch
Edvard Munch was a prolific painter who contracted the deadly Spanish Flu in 1919 and had to quarantine himself. It was during this tumultuous time that he took to painting and ended up producing greats works of art. One of his most prominent pieces of art that he worked on during this time was his self-portrait, which showed a sickly man with thinning hair, sitting on a chair in front of his sickbed.
Have you seen the famous painting known as The Scream? Even though he did not draw that while he was quarantining, nevertheless it is worth mentioning because of the iconic status it enjoys.
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8. Victor Hugo
French author Victor Hugo hated how things were in France in 1851 and was a vocal critic of Napoleon III, and this led him to self-exile in order to avoid punishment and execution. He traveled from Belgium to the island of Jersey in the English Channel to the small island of Guernsey.
It was during this time that he penned the well-known play, Les Miserables, along with other works of literature. He stayed away from his motherland for almost 20 years, but that did not stop him churning out some renowned literary pieces including Les Châtiments and Napoléon le Petit.
So there you have it! If you are feeling stuck at home and looking for some inspiration, hopefully, these life-stories will help you with that. Try to make the most of this quarantine, and you never know, you might end up doing something remarkable.
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