While some famous authors wrote their breakout works at an early age (just look at 26-year-old Veronica Roth, the writer behind the Divergent franchise), others took a little longer to make a name for themselves within the publishing industry. Case in point? Some of today’s most popular writers, like J.K. Rowling and Dr. Seuss, didn’t get their novels published until they were in their mid-30s or older.
These literary names may have been late bloomers when it came to their careers, but their written pieces eventually went on to become some of the most acclaimed and bestselling novels in history. Here are 10 authors who became famous later on in life.
1. Theodor Seuss Geisel
Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, had 10 years of experience in cartooning, illustrating, and advertising when he began working on his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, at 34 years old. The children’s novel was rejected by dozens of publishers from 1936 to early 1937, with many criticizing the book for lacking a clear moral lesson. It was finally published in 1937 by Vanguard Press in an “act of faith.”
It wasn’t until after World War II though, when the author — then in his late 40s — found true success writing his now-famed children’s books.