Yesterday’s blog about the salaries/earnings of writers got me thinking about jobs held by authors before and during their literary careers. Most people know that T. S. Eliot worked in a bank while Wallace Stevens spent his life with an insurance company. Joseph Conrad was a sea captain. Arthur Conan Doyle practised as a doctor. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) prospected for silver and worked as a journalist.
If you’re interested in what jobs writers have held, here are three articles:
“The Bizarre Day Jobs of 20 Famous Authors”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-anthony-jones/famous-author-day-jobs_b_5724482.html
“The Jobs 13 Famous Writers Had Before They Became Best-selling Authors”: https://www.bustle.com/articles/101251-the-jobs-13-famous-writers-had-before-they-became-best-selling-authors
“The Early Jobs of 24 Famous Writers”: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31026/early-jobs-24-famous-writers