Book Bits Xtra: The American Scholar: Examined Lives – Phyllis Rose
A mystery exists at the heart of all literary biography: How does the mush of experience get turned into glittering artifact?
“John Hersey, the author of Hiroshima, used to ride his bike around the town where I live, Key West. A handsome white-haired man, he was advanced in years when I saw him, but still in control, upright in every way. From his books one thinks of him as austere and uncompromising in his moral sense—what he would have called his humanism—yet he appreciated style. Occasionally you can still glimpse his classic Mercedes, which he left a friend.”