Writing a novel can’t be easy. Weaving threads into a story that can keep a reader enraptured and creating a world that can provoke a reader’s imagination can be a hit and miss.
There are some authors that create the most amazing worlds and capture the imaginations of millions of readers across generations with one great novel, and then never create another one.
Great literary one hit wonders are not as known as musical ones, so we are paying homage to them here and tipping our literary caps to them. We are grateful for their contribution to literature and to our lives!
1- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her only novel. Mitchell was a journalist by profession and had never intended on writing a book, much less getting it published. She wrote it out of boredom while recovering from an injury. It might have been difficult writing another book after this since it took her 10 years to write this one! We are very happy she decided to publish after all.
2- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – Salinger wrote more than this novel of the young lovable and unforgettable Holden Caufield, but this was his only full-length novel. The author was somewhat of a recluse and did not like the limelight that the novel brought.
3- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – This novel was beautifully written, it flowed effortlessly and was a joy to read. It took the author a whopping 15 years to produce it so, it might be a while before something else comes out, although it has been more than 20 years since Geisha was published. We would have loved something else from this author.
4- The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde – Yes surprisingly, this was Wilde’s only novel among his many plays, short stories and poems; but what a novel it was.
5- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – Brontë died a year after the publication of this book and never wrote another one. When it comes to tragedy and love scorned, well this was the book.
Despite these authors being one hit wonders, they are by no means less of a wonder for it.