The political views of some authors are apparent, be it through their writing or their public personas. It's no mystery who Kurt Vonnegut (perhaps the most outspokenly anti-Bush author there was) and Allen Ginsberg (the creator of "flower power" himself) would be voting for if they were alive during the 2012 presidential election.
Some writers, however, are decidedly apolitical, focusing on style more than social commentary. Who would lyricists like Virginia Woolf cast their ballots for? It's difficult to say, but fun to speculate. In his famous essay, "Why I Write," George Orwell said, "...no book is genuinely free from political bias. The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude." We couldn't agree more.
Check out our assessment of who 9 notable authors would have voted for in the upcoming election if they were alive (and American), and let us know what you think in the comments!: