12 Iconic Books That Almost Didn’t Get Published
It’s hard to imagine a world without Harry Potter, Peter Rabbit, and Anne Frank, but these stories almost didn’t see the light of day!
Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
For many, their favorite childhood tome is Anne of Green Gables. Most of the Anne fans wouldn’t guess that the author, L.M. Montgomery, had gotten so fed up with rejection that she tucked her manuscript away in a hatbox for two years! Fortunately, she picked it up again and sent it out again, and in 1908 it became a runaway bestseller. Don’t miss these 18 books you can read in a day.
Dubliners, by James Joyce
James Joyce’s writing career was initially troubled because publishers faced rampant obscenity charges. It took nine years—and a lot of determination by both Joyce and his publisher—to get his Dubliners short story collection into the world. One of the early objections was found in the story “Grace,” which featured the word bloody: “Then he has a bloody big bowl of cabbage before him on the table and a bloody big spoon like a shovel.” Don’t miss these 20 books you should have read by now.