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Find Out What These 10 Authors Looked Like When They Were Young

Whenever an aspiring novelist hears how young other writers were when they got their first book published, it’s not good. It’s not a good feeling. It doesn’t feel unlike someone threatening your dog. You feel a bodily disdain for said author. Mary Shelley was how young when she wrote freaking Frankenstein!? (She was eighteen.) Disgusting.


But, as is typical when hatred is involved, putting faces to names helps. Seeing an author’s young little mug makes you feel things for them. You can imagine how excited they must have felt when an agent finally okayed their desperate query letter. They probably treated their friends to drinks. Their whole young life flashes before your envious eyes. Anyway, here are some of those young faces.


1. Margaret Atwood


Margaret Atwood

Images Via The Telegraph and Wired


2. Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway

Images Via Poetry Foundation and Biography


3. Ursula K. Le Guin


Ursula K. Le Guin

Images Via Amazing Stories and Library of America


4. George R. R. Martin



Images Via Daily Mail and Sick Chirpse


5. Donna Tartt


Donna Tartt

Images Via Pinterest and Encyclopedia Britannica


6. Stephen King


Stephen King

Images Via Pinterest and Rolling Stone


7. John Green


John Green

Images Via Pinterest and the New York Times


8. Haruki Murakami


Haruki Murakami

Images Via Pinterest and Vulture


9. Toni Morrison


Toni Morrison

Images Via the New York Times and Princeton African American Studies


10. J. K. Rowling


JK Rowling

Images Via Pinterest and Business Insider

Images Via Pinterest and the New York Times