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Famous Authors Who Dropped Out of School

written by: Eve
Identify these widely popular authors who never graduated from high school or college.

Question 1:

This Pulitzer-Prize-winning author studied law but dropped out after the first semester. Like the narrator of her only novel, she was the daughter of a respected small-town attorney.
Harper Lee
Gertrude Stein
Anne Bradstreet
Edith Wharton

Question 2:

This Victorian writer left school to work in a boot blacking factory after his father was thrown into debtors' prison.
Thomas Hardy
Oscar Wilde
James Joyce
Charles Dickens

Question 3:

This pioneer of the Beat generation earned a scholarship for Columbia University due to his athletic skills as a running back in American football. After cracking a tibia his football career was over and he dropped out of university.
Henry Miller
Truman Capote
Jack Kerouac
John Dos Passos

Question 4:

This author, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Reivers, dropped out of school at age 15 to work in his grandfather’s bank.
John Steinbeck
F. Scott Fitzgerald
William Faulkner
Sherwood Anderson

Question 5:

This notable author dropped out of school at the age of 12, when his father died. He became a printer's apprentice and later worked as a steamboat pilot, an occupation that gave him his pen name.
Herman Melville
Theodore Dreiser
Mark Twain
Ernest Hemingway

Question 6:

This Irish playwright, who was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature and an Oscar, harboured a lifelong animosity toward schools and teachers.
William Butler Yeats
George Bernard Shaw
Harold Pinter
James Joyce

Question 7:

This prominent science fiction author dropped out of school at the age of 14, when his father, a professional cricket player, fractured his thigh. His unhappy apprenticeship as a draper inspired his novels The Wheels of Chance and Kip.
Jules Verne
George Orwell
H. G. Wells
Hugo Gernsback

Question 8:

Financial circumstances forced this author to leave the University of California, Berkeley in 1897 and he sailed to join the Klondike Gold Rush.
Sinclair Lewis
Jack London
Herman Melville
E.L. Doctorow

Question 9:

This author, noted for his children's stories, moved to Copenhagen at the age of 14 to seek employment as an actor. In 1835 he published the first installment of his immortal Fairy Tales.
Carlo Collodi
Charles Perrault
Lewis Carroll
Hans Christian Andersen

Question 10:

This playwright, director and actor, born Allan Stewart Konigsberg, was thrown out of New York University after one semester for poor grades.
Eugene O'Neill
Woody Allen
Tennessee Williams
Philip Roth


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