With the recent passing of some key authors including J.D. Salinger, Robert B. Parker, and Dick Francis, it might seem as though there is no one left from the generation that served in World War II (Parker himself was too young). But in fact there are several notable nonagenarian writers whose works are collectible.

Caine's Pulitzer Prize winning 1952 novel (this copy offered in our Classic Book Cards set).

The elder statesman of the senior class is Herman Wouk, author of The Caine Mutiny and The Winds of War, who will be 95 in May. Other major authors born before 1920 and still with us are:

  • Edgar-winning mystery authors Helen Eustis and Jon Cleary
  • British writer Doris Lessing (who became the oldest person to win the Nobel Prize for Literature a few years ago)
  • Hugo, Nebula, and National Book Award winner, and science-fiction legend Frederik Pohl

Frederik Pohl won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for his 1977 novel Gateway (this copy from our Catalog 65).

Don’t tell any of them all the good ones are gone.

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