America has always idolised its entrepreneurs, even when it has proved a thankless task — if you can glamorise Bill…
E. L. Doctorow became an American household name with the publication of Ragtime in 1975
If he is remembered at all, A.J. Cronin is known now for Dr Finlay’s Casebook, which ran for many years on both BBC television and radio, and today resonates with the glow of a gentler past — when a GP happily made house calls, delivered babies, and served as shaman, shrink and confessor to his rural community.
Five years after his death, Saul Bellow’s literary reputation has yet to suffer the usual post-mortem slump, and publication of these lively letters should help sustain his standing.
In Pentwater, places like Iraq seem a million miles away