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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Annoying Young 'Uns

Zadie Smith, 24. Christopher Paolini, 19. Brett Easton Ellis, 21. F. Scott Fitzgerald, 23. Mary Shelley, 19.

In an article in The Times of India, Sanjay Sipahimalani considers the case of those whose first novels appeared when they were comparatively tender in years.

He ends, however, on a note of optimism:

"As always, there’s another side to this coin. PEN/Faulkner and Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx’s first book appeared when she was 53. And Daniel Defoe was a hoary 62 when he wrote his first novel, the seminal Robinson Crusoe. Consider also that the average age of authors on this year’s Booker shortlist was a respectable 48.5 years – Zadie Smith notwithstanding.

"It looks like there’s hope for us age-challenged types yet."


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