(1928- ) US writer. His memoir of his years as an alcoholic and failed writer, Those Drinking Days (1981), remains his best-known work. Eternal Life (1979), although containing the autobiographical elements and hyperrealism that mark all his fiction, is a Posthumous Fantasy in which the protagonist tours the Astral Plane, meeting figures from history and his lost love. [GF]
other works: The Painter Gabriel (1970); Leo and Theodore (1972) and The Drunks (1974), assembled as Sweet Adversity (rev omni 1978); Curanne Trueheart (1986).