World’s Famous Books That Got Rejected Time After Time

Even if you have the most exceptional writing style in the world, sometimes it's just not enough to have the publishers pick up your book right off the bat.

Even if you have the most exceptional writing style in the world, sometimes it’s just not enough to have the publishers pick up your book right off the bat. Even the future “king of horrors” and the first writer, who earned a billion dollars, received many unflattering remarks and were booted by the publishers.

Here’s a list of 10 iconic books that no one wanted to print.

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley’s gothic novel “Frankenstein” was rejected quite a few times before getting published in 1818. Yes, one of the most successful books ever written was rejected because the author was only 18 when she wrote it.

“Dune” by Frank Herbert

The first novel by Frank Herbert from the “Chronicles of the Dunes” saga saw the light in 1965. This book made him famous and won him the Hugo and Nebula Prizes. Even though “Dune” is considered one of the most famous science fiction novels of the XX century, it was dropped by 23 publishers for being too political and environmental.

“The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger

Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” has sold over 65 million copies since its release in 1951. However, this does not mean that the book had a smooth start. Quite the contrary, Salinger was rejected by several publishers, including his own employers in the New Yorker.

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sometimes it takes decades for a novel to find its audience. A classic example is the Great Gatsby. The book was rejected by publishers before it was released in 1925. However, it quickly gained a reputation during World War II, selling millions of copies.