From 10th Century B.C. to our current decade, this infographic takes an unscientific but interesting look at some of the most popular books ever written.

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How many now famous authors toiled in obscurity or were labeled heretical or insignificant while alive, only to be recognized as genius after they died?

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vanity or self publishing?DIY publishing has been around for over a century. The list of famous authors who self-published is extensive, and shows it was a common way to launch a book and a career. Mark Twain, Thomas Paine, Virginia Woolf, William Strunk and Gertrude Stein – all are here. E. B. White, Edgar Allen Poe, e.e. Cummings, Rudyard Kipling and Deepack Chopra – present and accounted for. Vince Flynn, DH Lawrence, E.L. James, Amanda Hocking and J.A. Konrath – all are in the house. Yes, it’s a real who’s who of famous authors. But that’s not the reason for this meeting. There’s one thing that all these authors, and many more, have in common: they all self published books at various points of their literary careers.

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