Some Famous Writers —Their Day Jobs!

Some Famous Writers—Their Day Jobs!


Charles-BukowskiCharles 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.


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