Monday, 17 August 2015 14:43

Lew Wallace, 53 - Author of Ben Hur

Lew Wallace was 53 when he wrote Ben Hur, called "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century. He was a lawyer and a Union General in the American Civil War.

Peter Mark Roget is best known for publishing, in 1852, at aged 52, the Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, which is now known as Roget's Theasurus and has never been out of print!

Francis "Frank" McCourt started writing at 65. He was an Irish-American teacher and writer who won a Pulitzer Prize for his incredible novel "Angela's Ashes" which was later made into a film.

Alice Monro, 82, the renowned Canadian short-story writer won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Monday, 17 August 2015 11:37

Alice Porlock, 102 - Author

Alice Porlock of Great Britain published her first book, Portrait of My Victorian Youth, when she was 102 years old.

Monday, 17 August 2015 11:10

Harry Bernstein, 96 - Author

Harry Bernstein, who died on June 3 aged 101, caused a literary stir when, aged 96, he published a remarkable memoir of a childhood blighted by squalor, abuse and anti-Semitism in the slums of Stockport during and after the First World War. The book, "The Invisible Wall," he wrote to cope with loneliness after his wife died.

Monday, 17 August 2015 10:50

J.R.R. Tolkien, 62 - Author

At 62, J.R.R. Tolkien published the first volume of his fantasy series, "Lord of the Rings."

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