'Williams has fashioned an always engaging, psychologically convincing work of fiction-a consistent and well-realized portrait' The New Yorker
In addition to the National Book Award, John Williams has been recognized with numerous awards for his prolific literary work. Before retiring to Arkansas with his wife, Nancy, he taught at the University of Denver and directed the writing programme there. He died in 1994 at the age of seventy-one, survived by his wife, three children and four stepchildren.
"Weir's sympathetic and detailed biography reassesses the life of a woman whose role in public life...has been underrated by historians" * New Statesman * "The finest historical novel ever written by an American" * Washington Post * "It would be easy to over-praise this novel; but there does not seem any adequate reason why this temptation should be resisted" * Economist * "A novel of extraordinary range, yet of extraordinary minuteness, that manages never to sacrifice one quality for the other" * Financial Times * "Williams has fashioned an always engaging, psychologically convincing work of fiction - a consistent and well-realized portrait" * New Yorker *