We all know that Kafka and Eliot toiled away at drab day jobs while penning their masterpieces. And it’s probably pretty common knowledge that writers like William Carlos Williams and Ted Kooser kept their literary life separate from their medical and insurance careers. But did you know that Kurt Vonnegut managed a Saab dealership!? Or that J.D. Salinger was the entertainment director on a cruise ship!?
If you want to put a smirk on your face, check out the always-entertaining Flavorwire’s article “Strange Day Jobs of Authors Before They Were Famous.“