Churchill Writing for Income November 3, 2015Posted by anagasto in history, WWII.
When Churchill was about 24 years old, he saw that as a soldier he would not earn enough to maintain his horses and his uniforms without pocket money from home, and he decided to leave the army and become a writer:
From “My Early Life” — The complete text is online, but I think it is not yet all in public domain. Churchill died in 1965, and in the UK the author’s rights are protected for 75 years after his death.
At the time, politicians were not paid for their work, and it was by writing and by lecturing about his adventures in war that Churchill made the money that allowed him to become a member of Parliament.
He had been made a POW — Prisoner of War — and he escaped. The reward for his capture was 25 pounds.
It made him famous.