Authors who began young
Victor Hugo (1802)
He penned his first play at 14.
Alfred Jarry (1873)
He finished his first draft of Ubo Roiby the time he turned 15.
Jack Kerouac (1922)
At the age of 11, he had completed his first novel.
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809)
He started composing poetry at the age of 5. By the age of 10, he had written a 6,000-word poem.
Johann Goethe (1749)
He wrote a story in 7 different languages when he was 10.
Sidney Sheldon (1917)
At 10, he sold his first poem. At 18, he was working in Hollywood as a screenwriter.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899)
Why work within one just one language? To practise, Borges translated Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince into Spanish. He was 9 years old at the time.
Jack London (1876)
At 17, he won a competition with his first story in the San Francisco Morning Call, and received £25 for it.
Langston Hughes (1902)
He wrote his first poem at the age of 13 and, as a result, was instantly elected class poet.
Daisy Ashford (1881)
At 9, she wrote The Young Visitors. In 1919 it was published just as she had written it in her youth – spelling mistakes and all.
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (1984)
Her first novel, In the Forests of the Night,was published in 1999, when she was 14.
S.E. Hinton (1950)
She wrote her bestselling novel, The Outsiders, while still at school.
Christopher Paolini (1983)
He first began work on Eragon at 15 years old.
Mary Shelley (1797)
She wrote Frankenstein while only 19 years old.