My Mentor: A Young Writer's Friendship with William Maxwell
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My Mentor: A Young Writer's Friendship with William Maxwell

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A compelling reflection on wisdom, friendship, and the craft of writing, My Mentor is also the touching story of a young man's education at the hands of a master, William Maxwell. At age twenty-four, Alec Wilkinson approached Maxwell in hopes of being taught to write. A quarter century of friendship followed.
As a fiction editor of The New Yorker, Maxwell was unquestionabl...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published October 14th 2003 by Mariner Books (first published 2002)
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This was an affecting record of Wilkinson's relationship with the wonderful William Maxwell, but seemed to meander a bit. Also didn't deliver on what I took to be its promise to get inside of their very close editorial relationship: I wanted to hear a great deal more about how, precisely, Maxwell helped his writing.
Laura Harrington
This is a remarkable book about writing and writers, which is not an easy thing to write about well. I love William Maxwell and this portrait of him gave me new insights into the man and his work and his capacity for friendship.
Kurt West
Nov 04, 2007 Kurt West rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: memoir readers
Like Tuesdays with Morrie, except not as good. The enjoyable parts are buried in there. Too much father-hating.
Very nice. Touching and light. Maxwell was a very good man.
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