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On Late Style: Music and Literature Against the Grain (Paperback)

by Edward W. Said

Octogenarian Hotties 21

Publishing’s abiding obsession with fresh voices ignores a curious fact about our current literary scene: a startling number of the finest writers at work today are not twentysomethings; they’re eightysomethings.

Post-40 Bloomers: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Last Leopard 6

One indisputable factor that deprived us of more opportunities to luxuriate in Lampedusa’s gifts was a diagnosis of lung cancer at the age of 60. The diagnosis came just a few months after he finished the novel, two publisher rejections already in hand, a third which would arrive weeks before he died in July of that year.