Prolific Writers

Isaac Asimov wrote or edited 515 books during his life. He wrote works classified in all but the 100s of the Dewey Decimal System.

Enid Blyton, the English children's writer (Famous Five, Secret Seven, Noddy), put out about 800 titles. She averaged 10,000 words a day during peak writing periods. Over one two-year stretch, she produced a book every five days (some of these, admittedly, were very short).

As well as being the first non-Muslim European to visit Mecca and the first European to see Lake Tanganyika, Sir Richard Francis Burton was a prolific author. He wrote 52 books, some of which, like the Tales of One Thousand Nights and a Night, run to multiple volumes, and at least two hundred articles and essays. These do not include the papers his wife destroyed after his death. Besides all this, Burton was perhaps the foremost linguist of his day, with a command of up to 28 languages, in some of which he could pass for a native speaker.

As of December, 2007, Joyce Carol Oates has produced 102 volumes of prose (including novels, essays, and short story collections), eight volumes of plays, and ten volumes of poetry. She has won the Pulitzer Prize three times and the National Book Award twice, and is often cited as a frontrunner for the Nobel.

Georges Simenon, of Inspector Maigret fame, wrote over 500 books, under 17 pseudonyms.