In 1987, Gore Vidal wrote an influential essay in which he described her as America’s “best comic novelist,” and a few of her books were reissued. In the 1990s, Tim Page, a Pulitzer Prize–winning music critic, having stumbled on Edmund Wilson’s 1962 encomium to Powell, began editing her diaries and letters; his biography of Powell came out in 1998. In 2001, the Library of America published nine of her novels. But still: She has remained, in literary terms, a hip boutique hotel rather than some stately five-star palace.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
… The Comic Genius You’ve Never Heard Of - WSJ. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)