Friends and letters.

Author:Wright, Warren Keith
Position:Letters - Letter to the editor

Thank you for the selection from the correspondence between James Salter and Robert Phelps, and for Michael Dirda's handsome tribute to the latter (Spring).

Poet and critic Louise Bogan, not easily impressed, became very fond of Phelps; among other interests, they shared a curiosity about astrology. The volume of her collected criticism that he co-edited with Ruth Limmer, A Poet's Alphabet (1970), is a monument of great humane writing.

Two homages to Colette--in addition to Phelps's compilation of her "autobiography," Earthly Paradise (1966)--are worth mentioning: his...

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