Almost as interesting as the literary connections we’re making on this classical journey are the ties between authors. It’s almost as if they are one big happy family. Well, more of a dysfunctional family, but you get the idea.
There was the friendship of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne that resulted in Moby-Dick being dedicated to The Scarlet Letter‘s author.
Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain were neighbors.
Now thanks to the intro of Invisible Man, I learned that Ralph Ellison tried his hand at writing all thanks to Richard Wright of Native Son fame.
Imagine all of our WEM authors sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner together. I can hear the table talk now.