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Authors Best Known For Their First Novel

27 Oct

by 101 BOOKS

I’m jealous of authors who manage to write brilliant first-time novels.

I’m not a novelist, and I honestly have no plans to be one. But how do these authors knock it out of the park on their first attempt?

It’s a recurring theme throughout this project. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been doing preliminary research on a book and realized it was the author’s first novel.

Here are just a few examples:

Walker Percy: He wrote The Moviegoer when he was 45. So if you’re 30 and think you’ll never make it, think again. You’ve got plenty of time.

 

Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird was her first and only novel. Conspiracy theorists say Truman Capote actually wrote it, explaining why she never attempted another one. Thoughts?

 

Ralph Ellison: Another successful first-time novelist who never wrote another one after Invisible Man, or at least a second novel wasn’t published while he was living. Ellison had two novels published posthumously: Juneteenth and Three Days Before The Shooting.

 

J.K. Rowling: Maybe you’ve heard of her?

Richard Yates: Revolutionary Road was published when Yates was 35. I’m 35. Crap.

 

Joseph Heller: Catch 22 is brilliant, I tell you. Brilliant.

 

 

 

 

Others include Margaret Mitchell (Gone With The Wind), John Kennedy Toole (A Confederacy of Dunces), Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar), Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights), etc, etc, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

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