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One Book Author
(permanent link) added: 2009-10-06 08:48:25 sponsor: 0dd1 (last reply: 2009-10-06 08:48:25)

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alt title[s]: One Work Wonder

Alice has just finished reading a book by Bob Campbell, written over 50 years ago, that she had randomly found at the library. It was an amazing read that really got Alice wondering what other books he has written. Excited, Alice goes on the internet to search for works by Campbell and she finds that in his entire lifetime, Campbell had never written any other books, although the one book that he did write was extremely popular.

This is called a One-Book Author, when a person produces one work that becomes extremely popular but never forays into that field again. Compare One-Hit Wonder, where someone has produced several works but only one had managed to become popular. May overlap with Author Existence Failure, where the author doesn't live long enough to compose another work (i.e.: works published posthumously).

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