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The man Lish fought for

By posted at 11:00 am on August 13, 2014 1

It was the height of the feminist revolution and one man was trying, unsuccessfully, to publish a book about a man amidst a midlife crisis.  25 years later, Esquire editor Gordon Lish read sections of An Armful of Warm Girl in a literary magazine and demanded that Knopf reconsider publishing it (they did). This week over at Bloom, Nicki Leone dives into the work of W.M. Spackman, the man often referred to as “Fitzgerald‘s literary heir.”





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  1. Bill
    at 2:01 am on August 14, 2014

    I discovered Spackman by chance on a library shelf nearly 15 years ago and got obsessed for a while. Have him to thank for my intro to Henry Green too. Just last week I reread everything after Armful, and the guy still rewires my brain with his syntax. Glad to see others are finding him too.

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