Typewriters and Mug Shots: The Top 10 Literary Outlaws

6. Malcolm X

Malcolm Little was sentenced to ten years in prison in 1946 on burglary charges. He began writing to Elijah Muhammad during this period, and his mentor advised him to give up petty crime. After serving six years, the former honors student was paroled, and eventually found his way to his pen pal on Chicago’s South Side.