Temporal is as Temporal Does

 

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I was doing some research on authors who published only one book and was trying to understand some of the reasons why writers with obvious talent did not continue on to the second. The list of
those who only completed one book is fairly extensive. Goodreads has a list of over fifty. I think it must be added that the books on the list is fairly impressive. I have profiled a number of these authors, but not because they only wrote one book, but because the book they wrote was so outstanding. Here is a list of ten well-known:This list is courtesy of the On Line Degree Program and was published in 2010 at
http://onlinedegreeprograms.com. There are other lists (I mentioned Goodreads) but this one seems pretty complete and brief.  (No need for a Tome Blog)

Harper Lee                             To Kill a Mockingbird

Ralph Ellison                         Invisible Man  

Boris Pasternak                      Dr. Zhivago

Margaret Mitchell                  Gone With the Wind

Emily Brontë                         Wuthering Heights

Anna Sewell                          Black Beauty

Oscar Wilde                           The Picture of Dorian Gray

John Kennedy Toole              A Confederacy of Dunces

Sylvia Plath                            The Bell Jar

Arundhati Roy                       The God of Small Things

 

In looking at each author more closely, the reasons are as varied as the stories; Harper Lee was not interested in a new book. Ralph Ellison worked on a new book but at 2000 pages it just never worked for him and after he died the book was edited, published and titled Juneteenth. Boris Pasternak was a poet and died of lung cancer two years after Dr.Zhivago was published. Margaret Mitchell was killed crossing the street. Emily Brontëdied of tuberculosis at the age of thirty-one. Anna Sewell started the book at age fifty-one and died of Hepatitis five months after Black Beauty was published. Oscar Wilde was a poet and playwright and never wrote another novel. John Kennedy Toole took his own life and never got his book published while he lived. Sylva Plath took her own life after a series of emotional problems. Last but not least; Arundhati Roy has been working on screenplays and began another fictional novel in 2007. She has been very active in non-fiction and has published a number of political observations that have carried much controversy.

 

It appears that the main reason in the list above for not publishing another fiction book is the author passed
away. So for the lack of longevity the temporal world has not benefitted from additional good works from this group.  Perhaps the spiritual world has been so blessed.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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