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The Most-Rejected Books of All Time (Of the Ones That Were Eventually Published)

Some real surprises in this list.
Emily Temple is a senior editor at Lit Hub. Describing her list: "Of course, this list is incomplete, and I've given preference to books that were rejected but are now well-known and widely loved. Even with the higher-profile books, I discounted those with numbers I couldn't verify........."

Table - Item Number: Rejections before published
1:162, 2:144, 3:121, 4:111, 5:100, 6:88, 7:84, 8:79
9:78, 10:69, 11:60, 12:54, 13:48, 14:47, 15:44, 16:43
17:40, 18:37, 19:35, 20:31, 21:30, 22:28, 23:27, 24:26
25: 25, 26:23, 27:22, 28:21, 29: 21, 30:18, 31:18, 32:15
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1
Irish Wine (Dick Wimmer)
Irish Wine (Dick Wimmer)
2
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul
3
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig)
4
The Lost Get-Back Boogie (James Lee Burke)
The Lost Get-Back Boogie (James Lee Burke)
5
Still Alice (Lisa Genova)
Still Alice (Lisa Genova)
6
A Naked Singularity (Sergio De La Pava)
A Naked Singularity (Sergio De La Pava)
7
The Big Bounce
The Big Bounce
8
Eddie's Bastard (William Kowalski)
Eddie's Bastard (William Kowalski)
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9
John Crow's Devil (Marlon James)
John Crow's Devil (Marlon James)
10
The Inevitability of Patriarchy (Steven Goldberg)
The Inevitability of Patriarchy (Steven Goldberg)
11
The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
12
Wittgenstein's Mistress (David Markson)
Wittgenstein's Mistress (David Markson)
13
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Heidi W. Durrow)
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Heidi W. Durrow)
14
The Spinning Heart (Donal Ryan)
The Spinning Heart (Donal Ryan)
15
The Ten Thousand Things (John Spurling)
The Ten Thousand Things (John Spurling)
16
The Border of Paradise: A Novel (Esmé Weijun Wang)
The Border of Paradise: A Novel (Esmé Weijun Wang)
17
Murphy (Beckett)
Murphy (Beckett)
18
The Basic Eight (Daniel Handler)
The Basic Eight (Daniel Handler)
19
Home Land (Sam Lipsyte)
Home Land (Sam Lipsyte)
20
The Thomas Berryman Number (James Patterson)
The Thomas Berryman Number (James Patterson)
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21
Carrie (Stephen King)
Carrie (Stephen King)
22
A Time to Kill (John Grisham)
A Time to Kill (John Grisham)
23
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (Dr. Seuss)
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (Dr. Seuss)
24
A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'engle)
A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'engle)
25
The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
26
Dune (Frank Herbert)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
27
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
28
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
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29
Mash (Richard Hooker)
Mash (Richard Hooker)
30
Dubliners (James Joyce)
Dubliners (James Joyce)
31
The Sellout (Paul Beatty)
The Sellout (Paul Beatty)
32
The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
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