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List of Famous Unpublished Books

Updated December 26, 2017 3.9k views49 items
A list of famous unpublished books, listed by author. Many famous authors have works that have never been published. Often, this is either an early work, or one left incomplete due to the author's death. Sometimes, the author changes their mind and simply doesn't want their writing to be issued to the public. Some of the books on this list have eventually (even recently) been published, but in virtually all of these cases publication took place after the writer's death. Some of these unreleased books had pirate versions eventually released to the public as well. Both fiction and non-fiction books have been included on this list. All genres have also been included.
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  • 1
    Adolf Hitler

    Adolf Hitler

    Dec. at 56 (1889-1945)
    Unpublished work: Zweites Buch
  • 2
    Unpublished work: Sea of Time
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    Amy Bishop

    Unpublished work: The Martian Experiment and Amazon Fever
  • 4
    Artie Shaw

    Artie Shaw

    Dec. at 94 (1910-2004)
    Unpublished work: The Education of Albie Snow
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    Barry Brown

    Barry Brown

    Dec. at 27 (1951-1978)
    Unpublished work: Unsung Heroes of the Horrors
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    C. P. Snow

    Dec. at 75 (1905-1980)
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    Unpublished work: The Word, Caleb and Lost in Austin
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    Charles Bukowski

    Charles Bukowski

    Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)
    Unpublished work: The Poet
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    Charles Willeford

    Charles Willeford

    Dec. at 69 (1919-1988)
    Unpublished work: Grimhaven
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    Chris Claremont
    Unpublished work: Tom Corbett, Space Cadet
  • 11
    Chuck Palahniuk
    Unpublished work: Insomnia: If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Already
  • 12

    Donald Hamilton

    Dec. at 90 (1916-2006)
    Unpublished work: The Dominators
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    Doodles Weaver

    Doodles Weaver

    Dec. at 72 (1911-1983)
    Unpublished work: Golden Spike
  • 14

    Edgar Allan Poe: The Light-House

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    Edith Wharton

    Edith Wharton

    Dec. at 75 (1862-1937)
    Unpublished work: Literature
  • 16
    Evelyn Waugh

    Evelyn Waugh

    Dec. at 63 (1903-1966)
    Unpublished work: The Temple at Thatch
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    Francis Lee Bailey
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    Frederik Pohl

    Frederik Pohl

    Dec. at 94 (1919-2013)
    Unpublished work: For Some We Loved
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    Fredric Wertham

    Fredric Wertham

    Dec. at 86 (1895-1981)
    Unpublished work: The War on Children
  • 20
    Fulton Oursler

    Fulton Oursler

    Dec. at 59 (1893-1952)
    Unpublished work: Autobiography
  • 21
    Harold Brodkey

    Harold Brodkey

    Dec. at 66 (1930-1996)
    Unpublished work: A Party of Animals
  • 22
    Hugh MacLennan

    Hugh MacLennan

    Dec. at 83 (1907-1990)
    Unpublished work: So All Their Praises and A Man Should Rejoice
  • 23
    Hunter S. Thompson

    Hunter S. Thompson

    Dec. at 68 (1937-2005)
    Unpublished work: Prince Jellyfish
  • 24
    James Brown

    James Brown

    Dec. at 73 (1933-2006)
    Unpublished work: A Fine Madness
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    James M. Cain

    James M. Cain

    Dec. at 85 (1892-1977)
    Unpublished work: The cocktail Waitress