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Michael DirdaMost letters between writers are largely given over to envy, spite, wisecracks, discussions of money, the short-sightedness of award committees, soured love affairs and the innumerable horrors of the literary life. Readers looking for such gossip will be disappointed by What There Is to Say We Have Said…Instead, the two writers talk about family happiness and tragedy; they trade rose cuttings and books, describe their Christmas decorations. Throughout, they show to each other—and to seemingly everyone they meet—a gentle courtesy, a generosity of spirit, a love for people that is as strong as their love for literature.
—The Washington Post