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John McIntyre's work has appeared in The American Scholar. He is the editor of Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps, forthcoming from Counterpoint Press. At present, he is the Truman Capote Fellow at Rutgers University.

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Reconsidering Thomas Williams

Issue No. 155 ~ April, 2010

The Hair of Harold Roux is a densely layered novel, but despite the metafictional elements in play, Irving’s characterization of Williams as “a wonderfully old-fashioned writer…that dinosaur among contemporary writers of fiction, an actual storyteller,” is sound. These qualities are in fact the foundation of my regard for Thomas Williams.