a master work

From: Scottie Bowman <rbowman@indigo.ie>
Date: Thu Feb 20 2003 - 02:54:39 EST

    '... My suggestion would be to follow the above works
    with a close reading of "Hapworth 16, 1924" ...'

    It would take a heart of stone not to add one's own
    warm personal endorsement of this recommendation.
    John is absolutely right when he indicates its centrality
    to any understanding of the Glass saga. In its joyous
    exuberance, its droll whimsicality, its engaging circuitousness,
    &, at the same time, its essential limpidity it is surely unique.

    There is, of course, a certain naive charm about his apprentice
    pieces, the Catcher & Esme, but nowhere else is his mastery
    so wonderfully & visibly deployed. No one can truly claim
    the title Salingerista who has not first absorbed all the lessons
    & nuances of Hapworth.

    Ignore it at your peril.

    Scottie B.

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