Are Writers Better with Age?


Not everyone is going to make a “5 under 35” list. Actually, most writers won’t. Though the zeitgeist seems obsessed with youthful writers, older is often better, as this infographic from the Guardian charting the age of authors at the time they wrote their masterpieces reveals.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →