Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hans Keilson re-appreciated...

I would like to draw your attention to Steven Erlanger's tender portrait in The New York Times of nearly 100-year-old Hans Keilson, novelist, poet, child psychiatrist, and German Jewish exile now living in the Netherlands. Two of his novels now some 50 years old, The Death of the Adversary and Comedy in a Minor Key, have been re-released and were lauded in the New York Times Book Review a few weeks back by Francine Prose. I, for one, ordered them immediately. I admired Erlanger's perspective on Keilson's cultural heritage, life's work in psychology, and legacy of guilt, all of which combined their influence upon his writing.

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