Maxwell: Early Novels And Stories; Later Novels And Stories
(Library of America, two volumes, $35 each)
When William Maxwell died in 2000 at the age of 91, America lost one of its greatest writers. While widely loved within the literary world, he was not a celebrity, a marquee name on par with Salinger or Cheever or Updike, all three of whom Maxwell edited for the New Yorker. Now, with the release of the Library of America’s two- volume edition of his fiction, William Maxwell may finally take his place beside his more famous friends and contemporaries.
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