Ghostwriters: No Longer Invisible!

Ghostwriting has a long and glorious history of which most people are unaware. The reasons are many and varied, and of the long list of unaccredited works, many are noteworthy. A majority of ghostwriters today are hired to write vanity books: the personal legacies of well-to-do individuals. However, it did not start out this way.

Famous Ghostwritten Works

This week, as we celebrate National Ghostwriters Week, (March 1 – 7) we might want to give a tip of the hat to the following works and authors that provided hours and hours of reading, listening and viewing enjoyment for many of us:

  • Theodore Sorenson (JFK’s speechwriter) for penning John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Profiles in Courage.
  • Sinclair Lewis (at this time future Nobel Prize winner for Literature) on writing Tennis As I Play It for Maurice McLoughlin.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a good example of an earlier ghostwriter as he composed for others under their own name.

The list goes on and on, in many cases having to do with series of books and movies. The Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series had a little help from their friends, as did Lucas with his Star Wars success. Regardless of who wrote what, the end result has been genuine, crowd-pleasing entertainment that might otherwise never have been experienced!


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