Some argue that great writing only comes with experience and, therefore, young people are unable to write great fiction. Here are nine authors who prove this isn’t always the case by writing notable works before turning 21!
Pre 20th Century Writers
Pope wrote “Ode on Solitude” when he was just 12 years old, although it wasn’t published until later. His fame came when his Pastorals were published when he was 21 and which he had written when he was 16.
Percy Shelley was a published author by the age of 18 with a novel (Zastrozzi) and 2 collections of poetry under his belt.
Mary Shelley had finished writing Frankenstein before she turned 20. It was published when she was 21, however she did not put her name to it, so many thought it was written by her husband, Percy Shelley.
20th Century Writers
Anne Frank began writing her diary she was 13. It is now world famous and celebrated as an important historical and literary document.
Hill’s novel, The Enclosure, was published in 1961 when she was 19 years old. She is perhaps most famous for The Woman in Black.
Korman’s first book was published when he was only 12 years old. This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall was the first of a series of books which numbered five by the time he finished high school.
More Recent Writers
Paolini’s first book in the Inheritance Cycle series, Eragon, was published when he was 18 and, whilst not great literature, it was popular and was even turned into a film in 2006.
Jyoti and Suresh Guptara
The Guptara twins wrote their fantasy novel, Conspiracy of Calaspia, by age 11 and the book became a best seller when they were still just 17.
Brianna and Brittany Winner
Twins Brianna and Brittany completed their first novel, The Strand Prophecy, by 12 years of age. By 16 they had written 4 novels, a screenplay, a comic book and a guide to writing. This is even more inspiring when you take into account the fact that the girls are dyslexic.
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