The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel: John Williams, Stoner, and the Writing Life
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About the Author
Charles J. Shields is the author of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, a New York Times bestseller, a Literary Guild Selection, and a Book-of-the-Month Club Alternate. His young adult biography of Harper Lee, I Am Scout, was chosen an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and a Junior Literary Guild Selection. In 2011, Shields published And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life, a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year.
"[An] engrossing short biography." -The New Yorker
"Shields...hoovers up the available evidence and shapes it into an episodic narrative without giving much sense of what he makes of his subject...Shields's book is a handy corrective for anyone who's nostalgic for the days when American writers and publishers routinely ran up large bar tabs." -London Review of Books