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September 5, 2013

“Salinger,” out next Friday, is about the author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” the book that half of America finds intensely powerful and the other half vaguely remembers reading the CliffsNotes for in high school. “Salinger” is a documentary, but plenty of real-life authors have been portrayed in fictional films.

Christy Brown
Brown was a well-respected writer and painter, which is even more impressive when you realize that the title of this 1989 biopic — “My Left Foot” — refers to the only part of his body he could control.

Sylvia Plath
Gwyneth Paltrow played the poet in the 2003 film “Sylvia,” which no one saw. But pretty much everyone with a passing knowledge of contemporary poets knows how it ends (not well).

Stephen Glass
Glass, played by Hayden Christensen in 2003’s “Shattered Glass,” earned acclaim for his stories in The New Republic, Rolling Stone and other pubs. The journalist’s career was tragically cut short when he got caught making those stories up.

J.M. Barrie
Johnny Depp played the creator of “Peter Pan” in 2004’s “Finding Neverland”; Kate Winslet co-starred as his friend who died and wouldn’t come back to life, no matter how much the audience clapped.

Virginia Woolf
2002’s “The Hours” snagged nine Oscar nominations, and Nicole Kidman took home a trophy for her fake-nosed portrayal of the author. Prosthetics make the performance, people.

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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