01/20/2011 06:33 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Literary Mentorships: Some Of The Most Famous And Successful From History

Most aspiring writers daydream about having a successful author drop into their life, recognize their talent, and help them get published. That might sound like a fairytale, but some of the book world's most celebrated talents first burst onto the scene thanks to the guidance of established authors. In honor of the 10th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, we pay tribute to literature's most fruitful mentorships. And we hope you'll help continue this fine literary tradition by supporting non-profits such as Girls Write Now, 826 National, and The Young Storytellers Foundation.