July 27th Birthday Love: Elizabeth Hardwick

Elizabeth Hardwick in Castine, Maine. circa 1980s | Susan Wood/Getty Images

Novelist, short story writer, essayist, literary critic, and wife of poet Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick was no stranger to the literary world. Along with numerous various writings including four collections of essays and a biography of Herman Melville, Hardwick wrote three novels in her lifetime, The Ghostly LoverThe Simple Truth, and perhaps her most well known, Sleepless Nights. She was born on this day July 27, 1916, in Lexington, Kentucky.

“It is June. This is what I have decided to do with my life just now. I will do this work and lead this life, the one I am leading today. Each morning the blue clock and the crocheted bedspread, the table with the Phone, the books and magazines, the Times at the door. ”

-Elizabeth Hardwick

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