Writing a novel is hard work. If the book becomes successful, it might be a lot of pressure to write another one just as good. Sometimes, tragedy gets in the way of a second novel.
We made a list of authors who only ever wrote one book and the reason why:
1) Sylvia Plath
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Book: The Bell Jar
Reason: Unfortunately, Plath committed suicide shortly after the publication of The Bell Jar.
2) Emily Brontë
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Book: Wuthering Heights
Reason: A year after the publication, Brontë died of tuberculosis.
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Book: Gone with the Wind
Reason: Mitchell didn’t like the fame that came from her first book and passed away after being hit by a car a decade after the book was published.
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Book: The Catcher in the Rye
Reason: Apparently, the success of this novel drove Salinger to become a recluse. He never wrote another novel, but he did publish some short stories.
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Book: Invisible Man
Reason: Ellison had written another novel, but a fire at his home destroyed the manuscript.
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Book: The God of Small Things
Reason: The Booker Prize winner has not written another novel since The God of Small Things and its been over a decade. It’s been noted that she was working on a second novel, but nothing yet!
7) Anna Sewell
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Book: Black Beauty
Reason: Sewell died 5 months after publication
8) Oscar Wilde
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Reason: Wilde was a very successful playwright and only ever wrote the one novel. Dorian Gray was considered very racy for his era and Wilde died in 1900.
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