What happens if you peak late in life? Today, we’re talking about those late bloomers, the writers and innovators who gain notoreity after years of hard work. Did you know Charles Bukowski wasn’t published until he was 51, or that Walt Whitman self-published the first edition of Leaves of Grass at 36? Today, we seem obsessed with young genius, but we still see cases of people publishing and gaining success later in life.
Jason and I are both over 30. We keep writing and trying to get our work out there. I guess we’re late bloomers, or getting close to it. Perhaps there’s too much emphasis on young genius in our culture.
- “8 Authors Whose Biggest Successes Came After The Age of 50,” Bookriot
- You’re never too old to start writing, The Guardian
- Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
- The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
- Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 piece in The New Yorker about late bloomers: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2008/10/20/late-bloomers-2?printable=true
- How The New Yorker ‘20 Under 40’ Is Like a Highbrow, Literary American Idol, The Vulture
- Brief Encounters with Che Guevara by Ben Fountain
- A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn