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Check out How Old Your Favorite Authors Were When They Wrote These Classics

When someone younger than you achieves something great, it’s kind of irritating. Young people are nice and all, but, also, just stop it, young people. Just stop making others feel inadequate.


Hopefully this list of writers and their ages won’t make you feel too bad. As surprisingly young as some writers were when they wrote their most famous work, the ages really do vary. Let this be a source of both bitterness and inspiration. It’s never too late to start!


S. E. Hinton, The Outsiders – 18 years old


Christopher Paolini, Eragon – 18 years old


Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero – 21 years old


Mary Shelley, Frankenstein – 21 years old


Helen Keller, The Story of My Life – 22 years old


Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock – 24 years old


Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises – 27 years old


Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – 28 years old


Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights – 28 years old


F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby – 29 years old


Jack Kerouac, On the Road – 29 years old


Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar – 30 years old




J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – 32 years old


J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye – 32 years old


Herman Melville, Moby Dick – 32 years old


Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – 41 years old


A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh – 44 years old


Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games – 46 years old


Bram Stoker, Dracula – 50 years old


Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged – 52 years old


Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita – 56 years old


Victor Hugo, Les Misérables – 60 years old


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