In the Scorsese documentary on her, Fran Liebowitz claimed there weren’t any, but we beg to differ. There’s always Anne Frank, but there’s much, much more: a nine-year-old poet, and a massive French genius who gave up creating at 21. Last year, ‘The New Yorker’ ran a ’20 Under 40′ article, on 20 accomplished authors under 40. Throughout history, there have been many much younger than that.
The following authors, poets, and playwrights were all publishing before 21.