10 Famous Authors Who Dropped Out of School

Augusten Burroughs

When memoirist and comic essayist Augusten Burroughs wanted to drop out of school at age 13, his mother and her shrink helped him fake a suicide attempt to accomplish it. By age 17, he had gotten his GED, and after legally changing his name, enrolled at and promptly flunked out of Holyoke Community College. Eventually, he moved to New York and got a job at an advertising agency, and published his first bestselling memoir, Running with Scissors, at the tender age of 37.