A Young Person’s Guide to Slate’s Culturally-Relevant Octogenarians

Mary Higgins Clark – 82

Glory Days: Clark wrote or co-wrote over 40 suspense and mystery novels, which together have sold over 100 million copies in the US. Her first suspense novel, Where Are The Children, is in its 75th printing.

These Days: She published two novels in 2010, Just Take My Heart and The Shadow of Your Smile, both of which conquered many a vampire teen novel to make it on to the New York Times best-seller list.

Historical Signpost: Clark wrote poems and plays for her friend to put on when she was seven… in 1934.