Thursday, February 02, 2006

A Lesson for All of Us

Wilfred McClay at First Things, writes about Nelle Harper Lee:
How is it that a book and author that have been so indisputably influential remain so obscure? As this article makes clear, it’s partly because the author chose to let her book speak for itself, and has for the nearly five decades since the book’s publication quietly but firmly rejected the cult of authorial celebrity. She did not even play the Salinger-like game of being the well-known recluse. She simply refused to become a public person.


miklos rosza said...

Norman Mailer, for one, certainly belongs more to the history of celebrity than to the history of literature.

miklos rosza said...

Truman Capote as well.

Tama Janowitz, if anyone remembers her by now.