2014 A to Z Challenge: U

AuthorsTwo “failures” today. See the link at the end.

Leon Uris

Wikipedia says,

Leon Marcus Uris (August 3, 1924 – June 21, 2003) was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels. His two bestselling books were Exodus (published in 1958) and Trinity (published in 1976).

Tomi Ungerer

Wikipedia says,

Jean-Thomas “Tomi” Ungerer (born 28 November 1931) is a French illustrator and a writer in three languages. He has published over 140 books ranging from much loved children’s books to controversial adult work and from the fantastic to the autobiographical. He is known for sharp social satire and witty aphorisms.

Ungerer received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1998 for his “lasting contribution” as a children’s illustrator.

The Link

Both authors failed to graduate from school (high school). Uris failed English three times! Ungerer, according to his official site, failed the second part of the Baccalauréat exam. In a school report, his headmaster described him as a “willfully perverse and subversive individualist.”

Just shows formal education isn’t to everyone’s taste and success doesn’t depend on it.