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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 Honoré 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