The Letters of Willa Cather.

The New York Times reports on publication (finally) of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, the first time much of her correspondence will be available publicly: For scholars it’s a major literary event, a chance at last to flesh out the understanding of a writer often seen as a remote bluestocking in big skirts and […]

The Graves of Famous Writers.

At the Atlantic, Alexis Hauk examines the graves of several American writers: Writers’ graves can be surprising places to visit. Unlike the luminaries housed at more elegant cemeteries, like Pere Lachaise in Paris (Victor Hugo, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Richard Wright), many literary stars lie for eternity in simpler, plainer spots around this country, […]

The Sadness of F. Scott.

Thomas Heise explores the famous author’s depression and “Thank You for the Light,” a short story rejected by the New Yorker in 1936 as “altogether out of the question”: With a penchant for casting his own experience as a particularly grandiose American brand of success and tragedy and with a proclivity for scripting the drama […]