Famous Writers Who Kept Their Day Jobs

Think that all writers spend their time in front of the laptop, notepad or typewriter? Think again. Some of the most famous writers in the history of literature also kept their day jobs –  some of which were more prestigious than their writing careers!

  1. Kurt Vonnegut : Saab dealership managerkurt-vonnegut
  2. John Steinbeck : apprentice painter, fruit picker, caretaker, construction workerJohn Steinbeck
  3. Stephen King: high school janitorstephen_king-coming-to-boulder
  4. J.D. Salinger: Swedish luxury liner director of entertainmentSalingerforweb_2761034b
  5. William S. Burroughs: exterminatorwilliam-s-burroughs
  6. William Faulkner: postal workerWilliam_Faulkner_1954_(3)_(photo_by_Carl_van_Vechten)
  7. T.S. Eliot: bankerThomas_Stearns_Eliot_by_Lady_Ottoline_Morrell_(1934)
  8. Robert Frost: paper boy, teaching assistant, lightbulb factory workerrobertfrost
  9. James Joyce: piano player and singerjames-joyce
  10. Nabokov: entomologistvladimir-nabokov
  11. Margaret Atwood: baristamargaret-atwood
  12. George Orwell: officer of the Indian Imperial Police in BurmaGeorge-Orwell-001
  13. Jack London: cannery, oyster piratelondon
  14. Jack Kerouac: gas station attendant, cotton picker, night guard, construction etcJackKerouac_NewBioImage_0
  15. Joseph Conrad: gunrunnerjosephconrad
  16. Lewis Carroll: mathematician, photographer, teachercaroll

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  1. […] time (lucky bums!), other writers have day jobs that support their writing lifestyle and ambitions. Click here for a list of famous writers and the day jobs they kept throughout their […]


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