It’s a peculiarly 20th century phenomenon: the one-and-done novelist, whose fame was as much about their mystery — retired from writing, retired from the media — as it was about the quality of their work

Now that the world has lost both Harper Lee and J.D. Salinger, now that we’re in an age where every author is expected to promote themselves constantly on social media, we may never see their likes again.

(Yes, the famously reclusive author Thomas Pynchon, 78, is still with us. But he’s also still writing, publishing his most recent work in 2013, and even voiced himself in an episode of The Simpsons. By Lee and Salinger’s standards, that’s like doing cabaret in the middle of Times Square.) Read more…

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After Harper Lee, will there ever be another literary recluse?