Making a living is nothing; the great difficulty is making a point, making a difference—with words.

– Elizabeth Hardwick

Elizabeth Hardwick (born July 27, 1916) was a cofounder of The New York Review of Books as well as an accomplished critic, essayist, and novelist (The Ghostly Lover, The Simple Truth, Sleepless Nights). She was married to the poet Robert Lowell for a time, and toward the end of her life she wrote a biography of Herman Melville, with whom she had been fascinated her entire career.


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