“Well, it’s like a big telephone book of American history.” — general editor John A. Garraty
Today we’re featuring our wonderful, 24-volume American National Biography (Oxford University Press). No better way to pass an afternoon than to thumb through a blindly chosen volume of the ANB. It is, with key lime pie and gin, one of life’s greatest pleasures.
So I ask you, connoisseur of things American: what do you think you know? Could you tell me, for instance, which famous American I’m thinking of, on the back of only a few biographical details?
Let’s find out. Here’s your clue. This celebrated American writer and adventurer spent a sheltered childhood in a well-to-do village with an evening curfew of 8pm (summers 9pm). By his twenties he was travelling all over Europe and writing short newspaper pieces with names like “American Bohemians in Paris a Weird Lot” and “Try Bob-Sledding If You Want Thrills.”
Who is it? I’ll post the answer tomorrow.