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5 Famous Authors Who Wrote Their First Book After 50

5 Famous Authors Who Wrote Their First Book After 50

 

5 Famous Authors Who Wrote Their First Book After 50

The saying goes: “That age is just a number.” The authors in the following list, have certainly proved that. I am 53 and about to have my debut novel “Reckless Beginnings” published. Of course, lots of silly thoughts went through my head: “You’re too old  to be writing a book”  “It’s too late to publish a book.” and then there was this one: “You should have written the book years ago.”  I began to question myself and the dream I’ve had of being a published author.

It was at this point that I began to do some research and discovered that many famous authors were not published until in their 40’s or 50’s. Once more I smiled. If you have a dream, no matter how old you are. Pursue it! It’s never too late to start something new or begin something that you’ve been pondering over for many years. My debut novel had been an idea in my head for over 20 years before it got to this stage where it is now with the publisher and in the editing stages. I’m happy to say it will be in print by the end of the year.

These five famous authors I have listed below all had their debut novel published when they were in their fifties.

Watership Down 

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“Watership Down” was Written by English Author Richard Adams. Watership down was his 1st novel which he wrote at the age of 52. It was rejected by several publishers until it was accepted by Collings and published in 1978. The book won many awards including The Carnegie Medal and the Anual Guardian Prize. In 1978 it was adapted into an animated film also called “Watership Down: and in 1999 a TV series was launched that aired until 2001.

 

Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir

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“Angela’s Ashes” was Written By Frank McCourt at the age of 65. Published in 1996, this was his first novel and it made him a millionaire. A memoir of his miserable childhood that went on to win the Anual Pulitzer Prize and the Anual National Books Critic Circle Awards.

 

Little House In The Big Woods

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“Little House In The Big Woods” was written by Laura Ingalls Wilder at the young age of 65. This was the first children’s book in a series of 8 based on her childhood. The last in the series is titled “These Happy Golden Years” and was written when she was 76. The collection is now known as  “A Children’s Classic Series” and the famous television show “Little House on the Prairie” which aired in the late 1980’s is loosely based on her books.

 

Black Beauty

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“Black Beauty” was Written by English author Anna Sewell in her early 50’s and published when she was 57. Sadly she died just six months later. It became one of the ten top bestselling books for children ever written.

 

Bowl Of Cherries

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“Bowl Of Cherries” was written by Millard Kaufman at the very young age of 90.  He began writing it when he was 86 and was published fours years later. He then went on to write his second novel “Misadventure” which was published after his death at the age of 92.

 

Final Thought

I have read all of these books, but it was a long time ago. Probably when I was in my teens and twenties Writing this list has brought back memories on what a joy they were to read. I think it’s time to rekindle some of those memories and read these books again.

It’s hard to pick a favorite but I would have to say it’s “Watership Down.” Do you have a favorite? Post your comment below.

 

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22 thoughts on “5 Famous Authors Who Wrote Their First Book After 50”

  1. Congratulations on your leap into publishing! One quick note: Wilder’s final novel published during her lifetime (as you stated, at age 76), is titled THESE HAPPY GOLDEN YEARS.
    Best of luck to you!

    1. Thank you for the congratulations and thank you for pointing that out. I misread my list in the series. You are correct and I believe it was published in 1943. I corrected it in the post. Again Thank you 🙂

  2. Well, I guess there’s hope for me yet! I have been meaning to get back to my fiction writing for the past couple years. Maybe this fall, I’ll try my hand at NaNoWriMo again…

    Congratulations on your book! I hope it will be a huge success.

  3. Watership Down was a good thought-provoking book, but I think my favorites were the Laura Ingalls Wilder book. I’m only 30, but I want to pursue the dream of publishing a book!

  4. This was such a fun read! I love Laura Ingalls Wilder and Black Beauty, too! And had no idea they wrote their books so late in life! This gives me hope for when I write my book – which will be someday… I hope haha!

  5. I never knew this about Laura Ingalls Wilder! I guess there’s hope for me yet. These are some impressive books in this grouping. I have read them all except one. I have to read Bowl of Cherries.

  6. Watership Down is my favourite too, I’ve always loved wildlife from a kid and the story is amazing. This is closely followed by Black Beauty as I’ve always loved horses. I’m 50 somthing, and totally agree with your sentiments. I’m working on my first novel at the moment and can’t wait to get it published!

  7. I love all of these books especially Little House In The Big Woods( one of our families favorites) I just published my first book at 47 so I am close! Thanks for sharing the amazing books.

  8. I can also write a list of my favorite books that are great to reminisce with and in fact, you gave me an idea! I’ll start looking them up online and maybe even reread from my favorite authors! Thanks for sharing!

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