Several writers are taking their cues from earlier centuries. In the 18th century, Samuel Richardson found he had a bestseller on his hands when he wasn’t even trying.
Mark Kurlansky astounded the reading world several years ago when he wrote “Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World.” Later he did the same thing with “Salt: A World History.”
A reissue of a 2009 book, “A New Literary History of America,” edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors (Harvard University Press, $20 paper) includes old warhorses like Samuel Sewall, Melville and Hemingway, but also a whole passel of new subjects which would never have appeared a generation ago.
Tom Nash seemingly has it made. He’s a retired British spy. He lives on the Cote D’Azur, the French Riviera, hobnobs with artists and writers and expatriates like Gerald and Sara Murphy.
by Dave Wood
In “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee created Scout; in “True Grit,” Charles Portis created Addie; in “Clover,” Dore Sanders created, Clover, all delightful young heroines.