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The 12 Greatest Literary One-Hit Wonders (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/19/10 06:39 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:30 PM ET

Literature is full of prolific authors -- where would we be without Jane Austen and Charles Dickens? But maybe more fascinating are those authors that are remembered for only one book, even if they had written a library's worth of other works. Why are these particular books so enduring? Why do we laud "Jane Eyre" but totally forget about "Villette"? As Robert McCrum observed in The Guardian this weekend, maybe it's better to have one great novel instead of a steady stream of hits. From "The Great Gatsby" to "Black Beauty," check out the literary one-hit wonders below, and let us know what you think of them.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby"
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Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is often heralded as the great American novel (though some are less praising) and read in almost every high school English class. Though Fitzgerald did write other stories and novels, this is the one he will forever be remembered for for its portrayal of upper-class life in the 1920's and its critical look at the concept of the "American Dream."

Fitzgerald's other novels include "Tender Is the Night" and "The Beautiful and the Damned." His short story "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" had its moment in the limelight when the movie starring Brad Pitt came out in 2008, though the film departs greatly from the story.
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