Many of us have seen the movie, Finding Forrester in which William Forrester wins a Pulitzer Prize for his very first book, and never writes for the public again. Many believe the character is based on none other than J.D. Salinger, of Catcher in the Rye fame. In the story, a young Black teenager, Jamal befriends a reclusive, Caucasian writer in is neighborhood. Jamal is able to refine and develop his talent with the assistance of William. But I digress, this is a story about literary one-hit wonders. I wonder if I might end up the same way if I decide to write a book. The pressure to keep up the high standard would be unbearable.
So, here is a list of some very famous literary works, and their one-hot wonder of an author, for the most part.
10. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (became disabled at the age of fourteen)
9. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (won a Pulitzer Prize but the book was so long she was probably too tired to write more)
8. The Devil in the Flesh by Raymond Radiguet (did he also write the Devil and Mrs. Jones?)
7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (she wrote lots of poetry)
6. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (no wonder, as this novel was 3200 pages long!)
5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (never heard of either one)
4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (he is best known for his rather witty plays)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (she won a Pulitzer Prize for this)
2. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (a favorite of every high school of college student)