Posted on May 24, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Last month saw the passing of two novelists who put their pens to pages later in life — and whose fans certainly felt they were worth the wait.
The New York Times has obituaries for Elspeth Barker (who died April 21 at age eighty-one) and Robert Goolrick (who died April 29 at age seventy-three).
Both authors turned to their childhoods for material for their breakthrough works — Barker with the novel O Caledonia, Goolrick with the memoir The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes From a Life — which came out when each was fifty-plus.
But neither released much after that.
Barker published Dog Days, a collection of essays and criticism, in 2012; Goolrick had previously written the erotic novel A Reliable Wife but didn't publish it until after his memoir was out.
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