10 Scandalous Authors From History

22/05/2012 08:54 BST | Updated 22/05/2012 08:57 BST

Books have always raised hackles.

When a young and relatively unknown William S. Burroughs locked horns with Scottish writers in a major debate at the Edinburgh Writers Conference in 1962, who would have thought we would be celebrating the scandal 50 years on, as part of the London 2012 Festival?

In this spirit of scandalous celebration, here are 10 authors from history who knew how to court controversy with style...

10 Scandalous Authors From History