Childhood | Photos of Famous Authors ( F. Scott Fitzgerald, Albert Camus, James Joyce, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Arthur Rimbaud, Joseph Conrad, Franz Kafka, Gustave Flaubert, Jack London, Thomas Bernhard, Joseph Roth, Thomas Mann,Simone de Beauvoir, Vladimir Nabokov)

James Joyce, age six, 1888                                                            Thomas Bernhard, Seekirchen, 1936 (age 5 )
Virginia Woolf, 1895 (15 years old)                                                                       Daphne du Maurier by Ruth Bartlett, circa 1922 (15 years)
John Steinbeck, 1907                                                                                      Joseph Conrad, 1863
Jack London at the age of nine with his dog Rollo, 1885                                              Franz Kafka in 1885, at the age of 2
Rainer Maria Rilke, 1878-79                                                      Thomas Mann, age 9
Vladimir Nabokov, 1907 (aged 8)                                                                           Samuel Beckett
Patricia Highsmith in New York City,c. early 30s                              Colette (when she was 17 years-old, in 1890
Simone de Beauvoir, 1913 (5 years)                                                    Agatha Christie playing the mandolin, aged 8 in 1898
Joseph Roth, 1897 (age 3)                                                                 Robert Louis Stevenson at age 7, 1857
Albert Camus (1917-1919)                                                                                  Ernest Hemingway writing while on a fishing trip in Michigan, 1916
Arthur Rimbaud at the time of his First Communion, age 11                           Gustave Flaubert as a child, drawn by his brother Achille Flaubert

"Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder; as if creation rose, bathed in the light,
out of the darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is
when things cease to astonish us."

Eugene Ionesco


Francis Scott Fitzgerald, 1910

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