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#1 Wilfrid

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:23 PM

I think seeing a reference to Donna Tartt right now put this in my head. Novelists who really are known for just one "big" novel, although they might have written something else. Although writing a novel at all seems an astonishing thing to be able to do, there's something strange about being able to write only one (or only one which anyone wants to read).

Donna Tartt
Robert M. Pirsig
Malcolm Lowry
Luke Rhinehart
Margaret Mitchell
J.D. Salinger

Proust is a special case.

Who else? Or am I being totally unfair to these diligent scribes?

#2 Wilfrid

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:26 PM

Tartt did write a second novel, published ten years after her first (anyone read it?), and is allegedly going to publish a third (but the claim on Wikipedia to that effect leads to a dead link).

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:12 PM

Harper Lee

Thomas Heggen (Mr. Roberts)

“I have a dream of a multiplicity of pastramis.”

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:16 PM

Truman Capote. Sure, after Breakfast at Tiffany's he wrote In Cold Blood but that was (mostly) non fiction. Answered Prayers was not greeted warmly.

Here's a fun fact. Capote's middle name was "Streckfus."

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:45 PM

John Kennedy Toole Confederacy of Dunces
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:46 PM

Oscar Wilde another special exception?
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:47 PM

Ralph Ellis and what about Sylvia Plath
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:50 PM

John Kennedy Toole Confederacy of Dunces

Good one. I loved that book.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:55 PM

Emily Bronte!

Charlotte is basically a one-hit wonder as well; a couple more novels, but surely Jane Eyre overshadows them.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:56 PM

Oscar Wilde another special exception?


He was more a playwright than a novelist.
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#11 g.johnson

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:01 PM

Herman Melville.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:03 PM


Oscar Wilde another special exception?


He was more a playwright than a novelist.



But he did write that one freaking awesome novel.
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#13 Sneakeater

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:05 PM

Yeah. I was just saying that it's misleading to imply that he didn't write anything else.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:16 PM

Georges Simenon.


(That was a joke.)
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:17 PM

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