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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë 

The middle of the three literary sisters, Emily published Wuthering Heights in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. Emily died only one year after the novel was published. It is rumoured that she wrote an unpublished second novel, but that manuscript has never been found. 

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger published The Catcher in the Rye in 1951 to immediate acclaim. While Salinger would become extremely reclusive and private following Catcher, he did publish other notable works, including the short story collection Nine Stories in 1953 and the short story/novella combo Franny and Zooey in 1961. Still, Catcher in the Rye would be Salinger's only major novel.
by Erin Balser

No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

Alistair MacLeod is considered one of Canada's greatest writers, but his preferred format wasn't the novel - it was the short story. He published his only novel, No Great Mischief, in 1999. It would win the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2001 and be named the greatest Atlantic Canadian book of all time, but this success wasn't ever enough to convince MacLeod that he should write another novel. 

by Erin Balser

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind after her husband challenged her to write a book instead of reading so many. The challenge worked. When Gone with the Wind was published in 1936, it became an instant success and would win the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. After the book`s success, some of Mitchell`s earlier writings, including a novel she wrote as a teen, were published, but Mitchell never wrote another book, supposedly disliking the attention she received for  Gone with the Wind.
by CBC Books

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Poet Sylvia Plath`s semi-autobiographical novel was first published in the U.K. in 1963, only a month before Plath committed suicide. It would be published in the U.S. in 1971. While the book initially received a lukewarm response, it would go on to be translated into a dozen languages and is now considered a classic. Plath also published two collections of poetry and was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1982.

by CBC Books

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published as a story in the July 1890 Lippincott`s Monthly Magazine. Oscar Wilde expanded the story and published it as a novel the following year. Wilde would then turn to plays and poetry and produced his other notable work, the play The Importance of Being Earnest, in 1895.

by CBC Books

To Kill a Mockingbrd by Harper Lee

Harper Lee would write only one novel, but what a novel it was. To Kill a Mockingbird, which was released in 1961, is now an American literary classic. It won the Pulitzer Prize, garnered Lee a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to American literature, and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Lee, who celebrated her 88th birthday earlier this year, has never revealed why she hasn`t written anything else, but we suspect it may be because topping To Kill a Mockingbird might be impossible.
by CBC Books

Dr. Zhivago by Boris Paternak

Dr. Zhivago may be Boris Pasternak's only novel, but it's remarkable that it was ever published in the first place. Even though Pasternak was a beloved and celebrated poet and translator in Russia, the manuscript was rejected by publishers there because of its perceived "anti-Soviet" message. The manuscript was then smuggled to Milan. Dr. Zhivago was then published in 1957 and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958. 

by CBC Books

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