Frances Kiernan, biographer of Brooke Astor and Mary McCarthy, is writing her next book about Elizabeth Hardwick, Lady Caroline Blackwood, and their respective marriages to the poet Robert Lowell.
Gerry Howard, who worked with Ms. Kiernan on her McCarthy biography when he was at Norton, will edit the book, which is tentatively titled Read More
According to the immutable laws of Manhattan real estate, apartments that belong to artful New Yorkers all end up in the hands of tanned businesspeople. Two years ago, for example, a department store executive bought the poet laureate Stanley Kunitz’s place right after his death.
So it’s not quite surprising that an Oklahoma-born energy Read More
Last week, The New York Review of Books, the biweekly chronicle of American intellectual life that will turn 45 next year, lost one of its founding editors when Elizabeth Hardwick passed away at the age of 91. It was a deeply sad moment for The Review, which had lost another beloved editor, Barbara Epstein, just Read More
Elizabeth Hardwick, the author and critic who fulfilled her dream of becoming a "New York intellectual," died in her sleep Sunday night at Roosevelt Hospital, according to Catherine Tice, associate publisher of the New York Review of Books, which Hardwick helped found in 1963. She had been hospitalized with a minor infection. She was 91 Read More
Herman Melville , by Elizabeth Hardwick. Lipper/Viking, 161 pages, $19.95.
The English excel at writing brief lives, a pocket-size genre long on style, short on facts. Invented by the second-century Roman historian Suetonius ( Lives of the Caesars ), aped by John Aubrey as an alternative to 17th-century dinner-party gossip, epitomized by Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Read More