After decades as a customs inspector, Henri Rousseau picked up a brush and taught himself to paint. He submitted his work to the official Salon, but they rejected him for lack of skill. Rousseau refused to give up.
The Later Bloomers Series
Later Bloomers: 35 Folks Over Age 35 Who Found Their Passion and Purpose is one of many volumes I plan to write about creative late bloomers. It contains the first 35 biographies from LaterBloomer.com, plus all-new introductions.
The cover is a collaboration between two Los Angeles artists: Tim Kummerow and Susan Shankin.
Tim Kummerow created the woodcut portraits which are hand-carved, not computer-generated.
Susan Shankin designed the cover. Susan is an art director with more than twenty years’ experience creating original book design concepts. Two of her many iconic covers include those for Seven Years In Tibet by Heinrich Harrer and The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
Here’s what a few people have to say:
“I would recommend this book to men or women, especially those who are stuck in a rut, maybe they lost their job and are having a tough time marketing themselves for a new job, and for especially for empty nesters. Happy reading!”
~Lola Gail (Amazon verified purchase)
“I’m so glad that I found this book because I’m going through a ‘what am I doing with my life’ moment right now – days away from turning 40. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who ever has doubted what they want to do when they ‘grow up’ or if they’ve known all along but have had things standing in the way of realizing those goals.”
~Cindy (Amazon verified purchase)
More About the Book
Are you a late-blooming adult? Do you sometimes feel that life has passed you by? You’re not alone.
But this book will make you believe it’s truly “never too late.”
At age 36, Julia Child savored her first French meal. It changed her life and ours—there’d be no Food Network without her!
At age 37, after several failed business ventures, Edgar Rice Burroughs sold his stories “Tarzan” and “John Carter of Mars.”
At age 39, when her husband couldn’t find start-up funds, Bertha Benz took his invention, the automobile, on a marketing tour. Yes, a woman made the world’s first road trip!
Susan Boyle electrified the world with her singing voice at 48. English character actress Liz Smith got her break at 49 after decades of odd jobs. Ian Fleming wrote Casino Royale at 44 and Bram Stoker wrote Dracula at 50.
There’s a granny who took up competitive hip-hop dancing (and beat out teenagers) at age 64, one who became a famous nightclub DJ at 68, and one who her ran her first marathon at age 86.
These are just some of the fascinating people you’ll meet in this compilation. They prove that in the garden of life, a “late-blooming” flower blossoms right on time!