"To adorn nature with a new thing: that is the miracle that matters."
Prize-winning author-critic William Gass dead at 93 →
"During the 1950s, the academic world was full of people who drank too much," Gass says. "The parties were cocktail parties and pretty potent. Now, there are dinners with nice wines."
Roth retires but Wolfe, Wouk among authors past 80 →