Famous Writers' Sleep Habits and Literary Productivity

In collaboration with Maria Popova and Wendy MacNaughton.

As Maria explored in depth in “Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits and Literary Productivity”, her original idea was to find out whether any correlations exist between famous writers’ productivity and the time they used to wake up.

Data on both variables are hard to find and quantify, so we ended up building a data-visualization illustrating the thirty-seven writers for whom wake-up times were available. This became the base data set, around which we set out to quantify, then visualize, the literary productivity of each author, also adding the main awards they won and the length of each writer’s life, to provide additional context.