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Did coffee kill Balzac?

Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac reminds us that on August 18, 1850, the French writer HonorĂ© de Balzac died at the age of 51.  His death has been attributed to heavy coffee drinking, each day twenty to forty cups of strong Turkish coffee. For a quotation from Balzac describing how coffee fueled his literary imagination, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on August 18, 2010 at 11:47 AM in Coffee, France | Permalink