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Day Jobs of Famous Writers


atkins-bookshelf-literatureBefore they were famous names in the pantheon of literature, many writers held rather typical, mundane — and sometimes very curious — jobs to help pay the bills. Some of the greatest novels were written on the sly, while the employee should have been focusing on his or her day job. Regardless of what they did, these individuals benefited immeasurably by following the advice: “You should really quit your day job.” Literature has never been the same since. Here is a list of famous authors and the day jobs they quit. Given their body of work, some of these day jobs make total sense; others are quite surprising.

Jorge Luis Borges: librarian

William Burroughs: exterminator
Lewis Carroll: mathematician
Raymond Carver: sawmill worker

Agathie Christie: pharmacist’s assistant
Charles Dickens: boot factory worker
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: engineer
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: surgeon
T.S. Eliot: banker
Harlan Ellison: tuna fisherman

William Faulkner: postmaster
John Galsworthy: lawyer

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