The first page of David Markson’s copy of Candor and Perversion: Literature, Education, and the Arts by Roger Shattuck:
On which Markson wrote his last name as an inscription, and underlined it.
Soon after Roger Shattuck died on December 8th, 2005, his colleague Harold Bloom said of his fellow critic: “He was an old-fashioned, in a good sense, man of letters. He incarnated his love for literature.”
Same could have been said of David Markson, who died four and a half years later on June 4th, 2010.
He was an old-fashioned, in a good sense, man of letters. He incarnated his love for literature.