First place for the writer who persevered the longest and against the greatest odds goes to …?
The winner according to Joseph McAleer, author of “Passion’s Fortune: A History of Mills and Boon,” is the fictional character Martin Eden, hero of the eponymous novel by Jack London. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, McAleer who is working on a book about London, describes the story of Eden’s rise from the laboring class to aspiring author as a thinly disguised autobiography.
McAleer points out that London was able to produce 50 books before dying at the premature age of 40 by sticking to a strict regime of writing a minimum of 1,000 words a day.
By the way, Kindle owners can download a copy of Martin Eden for free at the Amazon website, or if you prefer to read your books on paper, you can pick up a paperback copy or find a 1st edition (1909) starting at $100. I personally own three copies of the book including a Grosset & Dunlop 1st edition in my Jack London collection.