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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.
Gertrude Stein
Harper Lee
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.
Oscar Wilde
Charles Dickens
Thomas Hardy
James Joyce

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.
Truman Capote
Henry Miller
John Dos Passos
Jack Kerouac

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.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Sherwood Anderson
John Steinbeck
William Faulkner

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.
Ernest Hemingway
Mark Twain
Theodore Dreiser
Herman Melville

Question 6:

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

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.
George Orwell
Jules Verne
Hugo Gernsback
H. G. Wells

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.
E.L. Doctorow
Herman Melville
Sinclair Lewis
Jack London

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.
Lewis Carroll
Carlo Collodi
Charles Perrault
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
Tennessee Williams
Woody Allen
Philip Roth


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