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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
Edith Wharton
Gertrude Stein
Anne Bradstreet

Question 2:

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

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.
Jack Kerouac
Henry Miller
Truman Capote
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.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
John Steinbeck
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
Ernest Hemingway
Theodore Dreiser
Mark Twain

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
James Joyce
William Butler Yeats
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.
H. G. Wells
George Orwell
Jules Verne
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
E.L. Doctorow
Jack London
Herman Melville

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
Lewis Carroll
Hans Christian Andersen
Charles Perrault

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
Philip Roth
Woody Allen


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