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9 Successful Books That Were Almost Never Published

1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

While the tesseract would be great for a bunch of things, roughly 26 publishers made a major mistake that no amount of time travel will fix. They said “no” to this beloved tale by Madeleine L’Engle. It was eventually a publisher that did not even publish children’s books at the time who took on the project after L’Engle was connected through a friend.

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2. M.A.S.H.: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker

The book that brought to life one of the most beloved TV series of all time was once upon a time rejected… by 21 different publishers! Where would we be without the breathtaking perspective on the Korean War that this book gave? What would Alan Alda be doing right now? The world may never know. 

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3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This book was published on very treacherous ground. Out of fear by the publisher, the staff at Faber and Faber hid it from their Literary Advisor, T.S. Eliot. The famous poet was not kept from the book forever though. After hearing about Goulding’s novel at a party, Eliot ended up actually enjoying the work! Faber and Faber was wrong…

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