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Books That Took Their Authors Years to Write

A lot of other writers aren't writing the 30-day-novel either — and some of them have still managed to achieve things like publication, acclaim, kudos from their mothers, livable incomes, and health insurance. Here are eight successful books that took years to write, so you can stop sweating your recurring NaNoWriMo failures once and for all, and just write at your own pace already.
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The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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Cantos
Cantos
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Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
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A Clash of Kings
A Clash of Kings
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A Dance With Dragons
A Dance With Dragons
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David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)
David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)
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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol. 1-3 (Edward Gibbon)
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol. 1-3 (Edward Gibbon)
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Dune
Dune
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A Feast for Crows (George R.R. Martin)
A Feast for Crows (George R.R. Martin)
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Fight Club 2 (Graphic Novel Omnibus) (Chuck Palahniuk)
Fight Club 2 (Graphic Novel Omnibus) (Chuck Palahniuk)
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Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
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A Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones
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The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass
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The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
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Gone Girl
Gone Girl
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Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
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J K Rowling the Philosopher's Stone
J K Rowling the Philosopher's Stone
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Juneteenth (Ralph Ellison)
Juneteenth (Ralph Ellison)
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Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)
Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)
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Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
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The Little Friend
The Little Friend
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Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
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The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R.Tolkien)
The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R.Tolkien)
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The Magicians (Lev Grossman)
The Magicians (Lev Grossman)
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Middlesex
Middlesex
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The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
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No Great Mischief (Alistair MacLeod)
No Great Mischief (Alistair MacLeod)
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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovtich
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovtich
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The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
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The Power Broker
The Power Broker
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The Queen of the Night (Alexander Chee)
The Queen of the Night (Alexander Chee)
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Rising Up and Rising Down (William T. Vollmann)
Rising Up and Rising Down (William T. Vollmann)
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The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
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A Song Flung Up to Heaven (Maya Angelou - 2002)
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (Maya Angelou - 2002)
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