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Monday, July 25, 2005

Giving All Of Us Old Codgers A Bad Name

The Christian Science Monitor has this article on teenagers arriving out of nowhere to write a blockbuster first novel:

"[Helen] Oyeyemi has joined a short but prestigious list of teen novelists that extends back nearly two centuries, from 19-year-old Mary Shelley and Frankenstein to today's Christopher Paolini, whose Eragon fantasy series, begun when he was 15, has fans almost as devoted as those of the Harry Potter books.

Writing a great book before the age of 20 is an accomplishment so extraordinary that some adults struggle to understand how it's even possible. They wonder how one so young can manage to write with authority in an original voice."

True, especially when one is still struggling to end Chapter One.


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