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).
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was her only novel
- Fictional example: The premise of Finding Forrester involves Forrester being a One-Book Author. In the end, he writes a second book.
- Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
- J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
- Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
- Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
- Boris Pasternak, Dr Zhivago
- Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
- Invisible Man (by Ralph Ellison)
- Leonard Gardner, Fat City
- Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Leopard
- Cyril Connolly, The Rock Pool
- The Fathers (by Allen Tate)
- John Okada, No-No Boy
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- The Book of Margery Kempe, written by (who else?) Margery Kempe.