Until the day writing becomes a 9-to-5 gig that one can apply for, like you'd apply for a job in a retail or accounting, most writers will have to squeeze in a bills-paying occupation between the nights and weekends they spend honing their masterpieces. Some of our favorite writers, from Harper Lee to Sebastian Junger, resorted to truly odd jobs to keep a roof over their heads and food in their bellies while they walked the uneven path to literary stardom. With job-seeking college graduates pounding the pavement this season en masse, we're taking a look at the thrilling, mundane, illuminating and embarrassing early jobs of nine famous writers, and how we think they might have informed their books.
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