Wild Nights!: Stories About the Last Days of Poe, et al by Joyce Carol Oates

Brilliantly crafted fictionalized accounts of the last days of some of history’s greatest writers. Oates is superb, as always, in inventing and reinventing people and events that demand your attention even as they disturb you.

If you wish to retain any lofty and grandiose views of these famous writers – Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway – at least with respect to their personal lives, and in particular, to their end times, well then, this book isn’t for you. If you are willing however, to entertain, nay, perhaps even accept the view that greatness is not immune to feet of clay, well, then, pick it up, and prepare to be amazed by how brilliantly these short stories are executed, one by one.

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