06/04/2010 03:57 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

20 Best Writers Under 40 In 1970: More Successful Than Young Authors Today?

The majority of these writers are in their mid-to-late 30's and are just now at the start of what we hope will be a long and fruitful career. But if you look back 40 years to the year 1970, there were many more established, award-winning authors under the age of 40. They were often times both critical and commercial successes. If the New Yorker had released a "20 under 40" list 40 years ago, it might have looked something like this...

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