Justin Kaplan Kicks the Bucket

Justin Kaplan has shuffled off his mortal coil. Biographer (so to speak) of Mark Twain and Walt Whitman, not to mention himself, he committed literary atrocities and character assassinations galore. A quote from his victim Mark Twain (not specifically about Kaplan, but appropriate nonetheless) sums it up nicely: “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/books/justin-kaplan-literary-biographer-dies-at-88.html

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