Pat, if it is not too late, I hope you can give the proper props to John Leonard for this development. In the seventies and into the eighties, when he was running the TBR and later reviewing for the Times, he was crucial to the breakouts of important women writers like Maureen Howard, Toni Morrison, Mary Gordon and others, and was the continuing champion of Joan Didion, for instance. He was really a force for literary good.
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