“Muriel Spark emerged thirty-six years ago with a spectacular first novel... The Comforters is fascinating: its heroine, Caroline Rose, is a recently converted Catholic who finds herself hallucinating voices––voices that indicated to her that she has become a character in a novel. And, of course, she has––the very novel we're reading.”
New Directions was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin (1914 - 1997), then a twenty-two-year-old Harvard sophomore, issued the first of the New Directions anthologies. "I asked Ezra Pound for 'career advice,'" James Laughlin recalled. "He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do 'something' useful."