by Ahna Girshick
These writers share the Modern Library’s Top 100 award, yet led quite different lives. This visualization highlights the landmark dates in their lives: birth, first novel, their Modern Library novel, last novel, and death, while indicating their gender and nationality. It reveals who started young, who wrote to the end, and where each author peaked during their career. For some authors, it was their first novel that made it to the Top 100 and for others it was their last. Some authors had a string of successive Modern Library novels. Some authors lived over 50 years after their last novel whereas others wrote up until their last days.