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Literary Prodigies: Writing Famous Poetry At 9 (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 03/01/11 07:35 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

Literary prodigies. 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.

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William Cullen Bryant
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Born in 1794, William Cullen Bryant wrote an attack on Thomas Jefferson called "Embargo" at 14. His most famous poem, "Thanatopsis," was published at 18.
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