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* Boston poet Gelett Burgess wrote a poem in 1895 entitled "Purple Cow." Two years later, the poem's popularity prompted him to write a follow up entitled "[[Quotes/OldShame Confession: and a Portrait Too, Upon a Background that I Rue]]."

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* Boston poet Gelett Burgess wrote a poem in 1895 entitled "Purple Cow." Two years later, the poem's popularity prompted him to write a follow up entitled "[[Quotes/OldShame Confession: and a Portrait Too, Upon a Background that I Rue]]."Rue]]," which currently supplies the main page quote.



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* As of 2018; the book ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Kissed_Dating_Goodbye I Kissed Dating Goodbye]]'' is this to its author, Joshua Harris. Harris, in his early 20s at the time the book was released, promoted the return to courtship as an alternative to the modern dating system - which (along with the True Love Waits abstinence program that had begun not long before the book's release) popularized what became known in some circles as "purity culture" in evangelical Christian circles. However, Harris[[note]]who as early as 2007 expressed worries that some had taken what he wrote in a legalistic direction[[/note]] publicly rejected his writings to the degree of requesting the book be taken out of print; subsequently disclosing in consecutive weeks in July 2019 that he and wife Shannon[[note]]whose courtship and marriage were the subject of Harris' [[HarsherInHindsight 2000 follow-up]] "Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship"[[/note]] were getting a divorce and that Harris had rejected Christianity altogether.

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* Tony Schwartz, the co-author of UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump's 1987 memoir/advice book ''Trump: The Art of the Deal'', [[https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/donald-trumps-ghostwriter-tells-all regrets having ever written it.]] He felt that his work on the book helped create the image of Trump as a master businessman and deal-maker that ultimately propelled him to the White House, even though Schwartz regarded him as a CorruptCorporateExecutive and a pathological liar who didn't belong anywhere near politics, and felt that he had to struggle to portray him in a positive light. In 2016, when Trump ran for President, Schwartz pledged all of his royalties from the book to liberal charities opposed to Trump's politics. When asked what ''The Art of the Deal'' would look like if he wrote it today, he responded that he would've titled it ''TheSociopath''.
-->"[[PolishTheTurd I put lipstick on a pig.]] I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is. I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower nuclear codes]] there is an excellent possibility it will lead to [[WorldWarIII the end of civilization]]."
* Daryush "Roosh V" Valizadeh first gained notoriety as a pick-up artist with his controversial ''Bang'' series of books meant to serve as guides to getting laid in various countries, which were widely criticized for their dismissal of ideas of sexual consent. In 2019, upon converting to Christianity, he [[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/25/can-someone-please-send-mushrooms-to-all-the-mens-rights-activists-out-there renounced]] his entire career as a pick-up artist, pulling the ''Bang'' books from his online store and banning members of his forum who attempted to discuss or promote the tips within them.


** He also isn't too fond of the first ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book, revealed when he confirmed that the completely different Ankh-Morpork Patrician in it is the same character as Vetinari, just "written by someone much less talented."

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** He also isn't wasn't too fond of the first ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book, revealed when he confirmed that the completely different Ankh-Morpork Patrician in it is the same character as Vetinari, just "written by someone much less talented."talented".


** His first novel, ''Literature/ForUsTheLivingAComedyOfCustoms'', was written around 1939. It was not published, and Heinlein attempted to destroy every copy of it. He failed: it was published posthumously in 2004. Some people think it would have been better had he succeeded. In this case, it was his younger self's ''politics'' that he was ashamed of, not his writing.

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** His first novel, ''Literature/ForUsTheLivingAComedyOfCustoms'', was written around 1939. It was not published, and Heinlein attempted to destroy every copy of it. He failed: it failed. It was published posthumously in 2004. Some people think it would have been better had he succeeded. In this case, it was his younger self's ''politics'' that he was ashamed of, not his writing.


* Don't say this trope applies only to (semi)obscure hated works. Believe it or not, Literature/HerculePoirot was this for Creature/AgathaChristie, who got tired of writing his novels, describing him in 1930 as "insufferable" and in 1960 as a "detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep". However, since she saw how popular the character was, she felt the obligation to continue giving his fans more Poirot stories, which she did until 1975, one year before her death (albeit with a finale novel she wrote in the 40s in case she didn't survive the War). In particular, her Poirot novels ''The Big Four'' and ''The Mystery of the Blue Train'' were among her least favourites. She wrote them around the time of her famed disappearance and subsequent divorce in order to [[ContractualObligationProject fulfill the terms of her publication contract]], and it's clear that her heart wasn't in it.

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* Don't say this trope applies only to (semi)obscure hated works. Believe it or not, Literature/HerculePoirot was this for Creature/AgathaChristie, Creator/AgathaChristie, who got tired of writing his novels, describing him in 1930 as "insufferable" and in 1960 as a "detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep". However, since she saw how popular the character was, she felt the obligation to continue giving his fans more Poirot stories, which she did until 1975, one year before her death (albeit with a finale novel she wrote in the 40s in case she didn't survive the War). In particular, her Poirot novels ''The Big Four'' and ''The Mystery of the Blue Train'' were among her least favourites. She wrote them around the time of her famed disappearance and subsequent divorce in order to [[ContractualObligationProject fulfill the terms of her publication contract]], and it's clear that her heart wasn't in it.


* Literature/{{Rebus}} author Ian Rankin's sole novel outside the PoliceProcedural genre is the sci-fi conspiracy thriller ''Westwind''. It's also his only novel never to have been reissued and it's not even mentioned on his website.

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* Literature/{{Rebus}} author Ian Rankin's sole novel outside the PoliceProcedural genre is Rankin also wrote the sci-fi conspiracy thriller ''Westwind''. It's also his only novel never to have been reissued and it's not even mentioned on his website.

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* Literature/{{Rebus}} author Ian Rankin's sole novel outside the PoliceProcedural genre is the sci-fi conspiracy thriller ''Westwind''. It's also his only novel never to have been reissued and it's not even mentioned on his website.


* Don't say this trope applies only to (semi)obscure hated works. Believe it or not, Literature/HerculePoirot was this for Creature/AgathaChristie, who got tired of writing his novels, describing him in 1930 as "insufferable" and in 1960 as a "detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep". However, since she saw how popular the character was, she felt the obligation to continue giving his fans more Poirot stories, which she did until 1975, one year before her death (albeit with a finale novel she wrote in the 40s in case she didn't survive the War). In particular, her Poirot novels ''The Big Four'' and ''The Mystery of the Blue Train'' were among her least favourites. She wrote them around the time of her famed disappearance and subsequent divorce in order to [[ContracturalObligationProject fulfill the terms of her publication contract]], and it's clear that her heart wasn't in it.

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* Don't say this trope applies only to (semi)obscure hated works. Believe it or not, Literature/HerculePoirot was this for Creature/AgathaChristie, who got tired of writing his novels, describing him in 1930 as "insufferable" and in 1960 as a "detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep". However, since she saw how popular the character was, she felt the obligation to continue giving his fans more Poirot stories, which she did until 1975, one year before her death (albeit with a finale novel she wrote in the 40s in case she didn't survive the War). In particular, her Poirot novels ''The Big Four'' and ''The Mystery of the Blue Train'' were among her least favourites. She wrote them around the time of her famed disappearance and subsequent divorce in order to [[ContracturalObligationProject [[ContractualObligationProject fulfill the terms of her publication contract]], and it's clear that her heart wasn't in it.


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* As popular as Thomas the Tank Engine is, many stories in ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' have fallen victim to this:
** The original text of "Henry's Sneeze" stated that Henry's "sneeze" of coal dust and soot left the schoolboys dropping rocks on trains "black as n***s". Awdry rewrote this later in the 1970s after backlash in the press.
** Wilbert Awdry stated "James the Red Engine" to be his least favourite work due to being written hastily to meet a deadline.
** Christopher Awdry was unsatisfied with the book ''More About Thomas the Tank Engine''. The Awdrys had been pushed to publish more stories starring Thomas to coincide with the TV show and give it more adaptation material. Christopher Awdry found the final result rushed and disliked the final story "Drip Tank" due to the use of now outdated slang as a plot pivot. Noticeably "Drip Tank" is the only story of the book not adapted into a TV episode.


* Don't say this trope applies only to (semi)obscure hated works. Believe it or not, Literature/HerculePoirot was this for Creature/AgathaChristie, who got tired of writing his novels, describing him in 1930 as "insufferable" and in 1960 as a "detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep". However, since she saw how popular the character was, she felt the obligation to continue giving his fans more Poirot stories, which she did until 1975, one year before her death (albeit with a finale novel she wrote in the 40s in case she didn't survive the War). In particular, her Poirot novels ''The Big Four'' and ''The Mystery of the Blue Train'' were among her least favourites. She wrote them around the time of her famed disappearance and subsequent divorce in order to [[ContractObligationProject fulfill the terms of her publication contract]], and it's clear that her heart wasn't in it.

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* Don't say this trope applies only to (semi)obscure hated works. Believe it or not, Literature/HerculePoirot was this for Creature/AgathaChristie, who got tired of writing his novels, describing him in 1930 as "insufferable" and in 1960 as a "detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep". However, since she saw how popular the character was, she felt the obligation to continue giving his fans more Poirot stories, which she did until 1975, one year before her death (albeit with a finale novel she wrote in the 40s in case she didn't survive the War). In particular, her Poirot novels ''The Big Four'' and ''The Mystery of the Blue Train'' were among her least favourites. She wrote them around the time of her famed disappearance and subsequent divorce in order to [[ContractObligationProject [[ContracturalObligationProject fulfill the terms of her publication contract]], and it's clear that her heart wasn't in it.


* Don't say this trope applies only to (semi)obscure hated works. Believe it or not, Literature/HerculePoirot was this for Creature/AgathaChristie, who got tired of writing his novels, describing him in 1930 as "insufferable" and in 1960 as a "detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep". However, since she saw how popular the character was, she felt the obligation to continue giving his fans more Poirot stories, which she did until 1975, one year before her death.

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* Don't say this trope applies only to (semi)obscure hated works. Believe it or not, Literature/HerculePoirot was this for Creature/AgathaChristie, who got tired of writing his novels, describing him in 1930 as "insufferable" and in 1960 as a "detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep". However, since she saw how popular the character was, she felt the obligation to continue giving his fans more Poirot stories, which she did until 1975, one year before her death.death (albeit with a finale novel she wrote in the 40s in case she didn't survive the War). In particular, her Poirot novels ''The Big Four'' and ''The Mystery of the Blue Train'' were among her least favourites. She wrote them around the time of her famed disappearance and subsequent divorce in order to [[ContractObligationProject fulfill the terms of her publication contract]], and it's clear that her heart wasn't in it.


** Before that, he felt so much regret for the racist anti-Japanese cartoons he drew during World War II that he dedicated ''HortonHearsAWho'' to a Japanese friend, writing the story as an allegory for the US occupation of post-WWII Japan.

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** Before that, he felt so much regret for the racist anti-Japanese cartoons he drew during World War II that he dedicated ''HortonHearsAWho'' ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'' to a Japanese friend, writing the story as an allegory for the US occupation of post-WWII Japan.


* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' has an InUniverse and {{MetaFiction}}al example: when the Pilgrim Dante encounters the adulterous couple Francesca and Paolo in Hell, they explain that they began their affair after reading romantic poetry about [[KingArthur Gueneviere and Lancelot]]--poetry that Dante himself had written in RealLife. In other words, Dante was using his masterpiece condemning sin to condemn ''himself'' for having once glorifistories,

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* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' has an InUniverse and {{MetaFiction}}al example: when the Pilgrim Dante encounters the adulterous couple Francesca and Paolo in Hell, they explain that they began their affair after reading romantic poetry about [[KingArthur Gueneviere and Lancelot]]--poetry that Dante himself had written in RealLife. In other words, Dante was using his masterpiece condemning sin to condemn ''himself'' for having once glorifistories,glorified it.


* William Powell, the author of the original Literature/AnarchistCookbook, released a statement on Amazon which expressed his regrets of writing the Cookbook and his desires to take the book out of print. The "recipes" in the Cookbook are outdated and any inevitably futile attempt to replicate the "recipes" contained can result in a hospital visit and possible felony/terrorism charges.
* Creator/HPLovecraft averted this trope by burning virtually everything he'd written when he was young. While notoriously dissatisfied with even his published works throughout his life, this one might've been a good call, as the few fragments which escaped the fireplace probably didn't deserve to.

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* William Powell, the author of the original Literature/AnarchistCookbook, ''Literature/AnarchistCookbook'', released a statement on Amazon which expressed his regrets of writing the Cookbook and his desires to take the book out of print. The "recipes" in the Cookbook are outdated and any inevitably futile attempt to replicate the "recipes" contained can result in a hospital visit and possible felony/terrorism charges.
* Creator/HPLovecraft Creator/HPLovecraft:
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averted this trope by burning virtually everything he'd written when he was young. While notoriously dissatisfied with even his published works throughout his life, this one might've been a good call, as the few fragments which escaped the fireplace probably didn't deserve to.



* Flann O'Brien couldn't find a publisher willing to release his novel ''TheThirdPoliceman'', causing him to believe that it was no good and claim to his friends that he lost the manuscript. It was eventually published the year after his death and went on to become his most popular book.

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* Flann O'Brien couldn't find a publisher willing to release his novel ''TheThirdPoliceman'', ''Literature/TheThirdPoliceman'', causing him to believe that it was no good and claim to his friends that he lost the manuscript. It was eventually published the year after his death and went on to become his most popular book.

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