Wednesday, March 29, 2006

One Born Every Decade

In the autumn of 1917, young F. Scott Fitzgerald decided that a Great Writer is born every ten years. He noted that Shaw was 61, Wells was 51, Chesterton was 41, biographer Shane Leslie was 31 and he, F. Scott, was 21. His one demur was that he could not think of a better example for age 31. [Letters, New York: Scribner's, 1963]

1 comment:

Gabriel A said...

Shane Leslie is a pretty good writer, though not a novelist. More fun than THE GREAT GATSBY.