Writing About Writers
Price Is Right
Literary memoirs may not be lighting up Kindles, but don't ignore the latest from Reynolds Price.
Price, who has published nearly 40 volumes of a variety of serious writingnovels, short stories, plays, essays, and memoirsis at the bottom of it all a masterful storyteller and a subtle and elegant wordsmith (and it should not go unsaid, a courtly and gracious person). If you are not acquainted with him, Price received a National Book Critics Circle award for his 1986 novel Kate Vaiden, and that might be a good place to start. Now I favor his novels Tongues of Angels (1990), Blue Calhoun (1992), and the story collection The Foreseeable Future (1991)but no matter, as there is plenty of Price’s writing to go around.
In my recent, brief correspondence with Reynolds, he observed about Ardent Spirits: It was hard work but I loved it. I’m 76 now and looking that far back proved far easier than I’d imagined it wouldsad in some ways, exciting in others.