The Lost Suitcase: And Other Versions of the Literary Life.


While a novella constructed on an anecdote about Ernest Hemingway's loss of a suitcase full of manuscripts forms the core of this book, it is really more of an elegant reflection on the requirements of the literary life. Nicholas Delbanco's precise craftsmanship can be noticed throughout, both in details included (like the quotation about Rilke's line that a poet is one who "despises the inexact") and excluded. We've included this interview in Riprap's repertoire in the hope Delbanco?s insights will stimulate all authors, academic and nonacademic, to cultivate awareness of the literary dimension whenever pen is put to paper (or computer keyboard keys are pressed).

Daniel – Fri, 06/19/2009 – 08:00