The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954 by Jeffrey Cartwright
By Steven Millhauser
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780679766520, 320pp.)
Publication Date: April 1996
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Edwin Mullhouse, a novelist at 10, is mysteriously dead at 11. As a memorial, Edwin's bestfriend, Jeffrey Cartwright, decides that the life of this great American writer must be told. He follows Edwin's development from his preverbal first noises through his love for comic books to the fulfillment of his literary genius in the remarkable novel, Cartoons.