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.
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:
- Caldecott Medal winner Marcia Brown
- Fantasy author Mary Stewart
- 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
Don’t tell any of them all the good ones are gone.