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The Oxford American

The September issue of “The Oxford American”  features William Giraldi’s epic ten-thousand word profile about the making of “Local Souls”: “The Dead Tell Him Stories: The Return of Allan Gurganus.”  The essay is illustrated with ambrotypes of the author at home. Photographer Harry Taylor used glass plate negatives in an 1870’s tripod camera. These haunting portraits required three-minute exposures, made possible only by a hidden head-clamp. Giraldi, author of the novel “Busy Monsters”, is a leading authority on Gurganus’s life and prose. His appreciation “The Searing: On the Fiction of Allan Gurganus”, appeared earlier this year in “Salmagundi.”