Delightful People by Stephen Schmalhofer
It is pleasant, when poring over a new volume of essays, to find oneself in the company of an author who does not prove to be a mere hydrant of loud opinion. Mr. Schmalhofer's Delightful People is a good sort of literary hors d'oeuvre: never brazen or argumentative, it is ever leisurely, concerned chiefly with the lives of unnoticed or forgotten figures whose privilege it was in their time to associate with celebrities of the social, literary, and ecclesiastical spheres. Here we meet Winthrop Astor Chanler, adventurer, veteran of the Spanish-American war, and friend of Theodore Roosevelt; Viola Roseboro, editor . . .
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Thomas Banks lives in North Carolina and teaches online at the House of Humane Letters. His poems, translations, and essays have appeared in First Things, The New English Review, Quadrant, The Imaginative Conservative, Crisis Magazine, The St. Austin Review, and other publications.
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