This was something that came up in an article I read recently, can't at all recall where. Anyway, it was claimed that there was no great author who was not also a great reader (i.e. well read). Now, recognising that accounting for ancient writers such as Homer is easy when we consider that he was obviously well-versed in an oral tradition, I was wondering what people made of this. Anyone aware of any counter examples? I suppose it makes intuitive sense, but it isn't something I'd ever thought about before. By 'great' I don't mean you need to think of literary giants, JK Rowling would be a perfect example of somebody who is obviously very well read.