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Vidal salutes a forgotten literary miniaturist of excellent quality in Logan Pearsall Smith, a writer and lover of writing who was born a Philadelphia Quaker in 1965. Smith became a British subject in 1913 and died in 1946. He "married literature" through family connections with Virginia Woolf and Bertrand Russell and friendship with various members of the Bloomsbury cult of writers of the 1930s.

Vidal is astounded that a literary figure such as Smith, who predates the word processor and computer, could spend his life obsessed with finding the right word, the correct phrase, the proper turn of language and wants the reader to cherish this relic of the now-passed age of literacy. Vidal laments:

"The century that began with a golden age in all the arts (or at least the...

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