(1940 - 2023)
The true task of the novelist is to dramatize first for himself and ultimately for the rest of us what it is to be human in our time and for all time, in our place and for every place.
—from “Literature and Engagement: The Power of Words,” Salmagundi #57 (2008)
We mourn the loss of a great writer, a great friend and a brilliant, enlivening contributor to these pages who accomplished again and again the task of the novelist as he describes it here in his Salmagundi column “In Transit.”
Photograph by Emma Dodge Hanson