Are Writers Better with Age?

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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's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →