“A Saturday Rumpus Index For The Conspicuously Old” – From The Rumpus.net

You may know already that I’ve wanted to be a writer since before I had my first crêpe. This makes me feel better for getting off to a late start. I did manage to publish my first poem in the Sheepshead Review this winter.

A Saturday Rumpus Index For The Conspicuously Old – The Rumpus.net.

Age at which Wallace Stevens published Harmonium, his first book of poetry: 44.

Age at which George Saunders published CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: 38.

Age at which Janet Malcolm published her first book of essays, Diana and Nikon: Essays on the Aesthetic of Photography : 46.

Age at which Norman Rush published his first book, Whites: 53.

Age at which Alice Munro published her first collection of stories, Dance of the Happy Shades: 37.

Age at which Penelope Fitzgerald published her first book, a biography of Edward Burne-Jones: 59.

Age at which Willa Cather published her first novel, Alexander’s Bridge: 39.

Age at which Toni Morrison published her first novel, The Bluest Eye: 39.

Age at which Marilynne Robinson published her first novel, Housekeeping: 37.

Age at which Mary Anne Evans, a.k.a. George Eliot, published Adam Bede: 40.

Another favoured mode of self-soothing is checking out when writers publish their best work, which is to say, generally late in life:

Age at which Wallace Stevens, discouraged by the reviews of Harmonium, published his second book of poetry, Ideas of Order: 56.

Age at which Rebecca West published Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: 49.

Age at which Janet Malcolm published her masterpiece, The Journalist and the Murderer, as a New Yorker serial: 55.

Age at which Edith Wharton published The House of Mirth: 43.

Age at which Marilynne Robinson published her second novel, Gilead: 61.

Age at which Willa Cather published Death Comes for the Archbishop: 54.

Age at which Toni Morrison published Beloved: 56.

Age at which Virginia Woolf published Mrs. Dalloway: 43.

Age at which Junot Díaz published The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: 39.

Age at which Robertson Davies published Fifth Business: 57.

Age at which Ian McEwan published Atonement: 53.

Age at which Eudora Welty published The Optimist’s Daughter: 63.

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