If you look up J.K. Rowling in an Internet search, you don’t have to dig too deep before you learn she is the first billionaire author. Now that’s some wizardry. But how many of the world’s great authors, dating back to the origins of the written word, toiled in obscurity or were labeled heretical or insignificant while alive, only to be recognized as genius after they died? That’s a hypothetical question, but I can tell you the number is greater than twelve.
I know this as fact thanks to the infographic presented here by our friends at The Expert Editor. They’ve compiled thirteen writers of modern times who were either marginalized, ignored, or unpublished when they walked this earth, and who are now celebrated as some of the great minds of their day.
Who among us may be the next John Kennedy Toole? That manuscript you’re working on may be published in 2100, long after you’re gone, so make sure you catch all those typos and show – don’t tell! Or perhaps you’ll share Sylvia Plath’s fate and be awarded a Pulitzer Prize 19 years after you’ve passed on. At least you’ll have a better excuse than Bob Dylan for missing the award ceremony. Or it could be you’re sitting on the next Moby Dick, to be panned on its publication and then heralded as a classic long after you’ve stopped writing – or breathing, for that matter.
Sorry… I don’t mean to be depressing, but it’s hard to be enthusiastic about being recognized for your greatness long after you’re able to appreciate it. But we don’t write for fame, glory, or money. We just want to make the 2115 version of this infographic. Might be an interactive holographic by then. Make sure to wear something nice, and keep your breath fresh.
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