Some Famous Writers—Their Day Jobs!
Charles Bukowski worked for the Post Office in Los Angeles.
Henry David Thoreau worked as a land surveyor, teacher, and tutor.
Franz Kafka was the Chief Legal Secretary for the Workman’s Accident Insurance Institute.
Anthony Trollope also worked at the Post Office.
Joseph Heller wrote Catch-22 while working full time in magazine advertising.
Salinger wrote part of Catcher in the Rye while on active duty in the military.
Toni Morrison worked as an editor.
T S Eliot worked at Lloyd’s Bank on the Colonial and Foreign Accounts desk for eight years.
Robert Frost changed light bulbs filaments in a factory.
John Steinbeck worked in a fish hatchery.
Langston Hughes was an academic assistant.
Anne Rice was an insurance claims examiner.
William S Burroughs worked as an exterminator.
Vladimir Nabokov was an entomologist.
Zane Gray was a dentist.
George Orwell was an officer of the Indian Imperial Police.
Jack London worked various jobs, including in a cannery.
Kurt Vonnegut managed a Saab dealership.
Jack Kerouac did various jobs, including picking cotton and working as a gas station attendant.
Harper Lee was an airline reservation clerk.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was a minister, teacher, and lecturer.
• Nathaniel Hawthorne worked for the Boston Customs Office.