The 30-Year Writer's Block

After much advance praise and even more delay, Harold Brodkey finally finishes his long-awaited first novel

As the 1960s began, Farrar Straus & Giroux announced the imminent appearance of Harold Brodkey's first novel. In the late 1970s Knopf announced the imminent appearance of Harold Brodkey's first novel. This year Farrar Straus again announced the imminent appearance of Harold Brodkey's first novel. By now readers could hardly be blamed for wondering if the book was the Great Pumpkin of American literature.

And yet as he traveled from publishing house to publishing house, the author lost no adherents. For almost three decades, Brodkey managed to preserve his high reputation on the basis of two books of evocative short stories...

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