Literary geniuses are a rare to come by these days. We are still drooling over the great works of Salinger, Hemingway, Twain, Dickens, Shakespeare, Faulkner, and many more. We are not yet over them. Now to see our favourite authors, as they were young and were coming of age, is quite something of a deal isn’t it? To see the old Photographs of literary giants when their talented minds were fermenting and developing to creating works of high culture and characters so real and authentic that you feel their presence in your own life.
I have put together photographs of authors in their nascent stages, at the time when they were just the kid or the young man or women from the block…
1. J. D Salinger was an American writer whose widely popular novel ‘Catcher In The Rye’ was published in 1951 instantly putting him on the literary map making this war hero a literary figure among other renowned writers and authors. Quite contrary to his success and popularity among the readers, he led a very private life, avoiding people, fans, his audience, even interviews until 1980. His other works include ‘Nine Stories'(1953), ‘Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction’ (1963), and ‘Franny and Zooey’ (1961).
2. Jack Karouac, the author of ‘On The Road’, ‘The Dharma Bums’, ‘Desolation Angels, and ‘Big Sur’, alongside Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, was considered the pioneer of the Beat Generation. He was an American writer and poet, and was quite popular for his spontaneous way of writing method, of which ‘On The Road’ is a specimen.
3. Ray Bradbury, the author of ‘Fahrenheit 451′, ‘The Martian Chronicles‘, and ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, was an American author and screenwriter who was known to write his books in fantasy, horror, mystery and sci-if genre. He also won Pulitzer Prize Int 2007.
4. Virginia Woolf (right one), the author of ‘Mrs. Dalloway‘, ‘To The Lighthouse‘ and ‘The Waves’, was a British writer popular for using stream of consciousness as a literary device in her works. Woolf got attention for ‘inspiring feminism’ and became one of the most essential and integral subject of the movement of feminist criticism of 1970’s. Her books have been read all across the globe and translated I now more than fifty languages.
5. Flannery O’Conner, the author of ‘A Good Man Is Hard To Find’, ‘Wise Blood’ and ”The Violent Bear It Away’, was a novelist, short story writer and an essayist who voice in American Literature had tremendous importance and value. She wrote thirty-two short stories and two novels along with reviews and commentaries, however, her Complete Stories won the 1972 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction, which was compiled posthumously.
6. J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of famous Epic saga: ‘Lord Of The Rings’, ‘Hobbit’ and ‘The Silmarillion’, was an English writer, poet, university proffessor and philologist who was famous for his high-fantasy or epic fantasy novels. He also translated ‘Beowulf’ and received a lot acclaim for it, but he never published it himself. It was, in fact, his son who later edited it and punished in 2014.
7. Haruki Murakami, the author of ‘Kafka On The Shore’, ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’ (1982), ‘A Norwegian Wood, (1987), ‘The Wind-up Bird Chronicle’ (1994-95), ‘Kafka On The Shore’ (2002) and 1Q84 (2009-10), is a Japanese writer, author, novelist, short-story writer, essayist and translator. He genres include fiction, surrealism, magic realism, science fiction and more.
8. Mary Karr:
9. Mark Twain (née Samuel Clemens):
10. James Joyce, the author of ‘Ulysses’
11. Sendak, Maurice
12. John Updike
13. Ernest Hemingway
14. Neil Gaiman, the author of ‘Sandman’.
15. Sylvia Plath
16. Joyce Carol Oates
17. Toni Morrison (on Left)
18. Sendak Maurice
19. Margaret Atwood