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In 2015 Brigid Hughes, the edi­tor of the lit­er­ary mag­a­zine A Pub­lic Space, was brows­ing the dol­lar bin at Man­hat­tan’s Hous­ing Works Book­store Café when she came across W-3, a book writ­ten by Bette How­land and pub­lished in 1974. How­land’s name didn’t ring a bell, but a glow­ing blurb from Saul Bel­low (“ad­mirably straight and thought­ful, tough-minded but full of pow­er­ful feel­ing”) graced the book’s back cover. While read­ing W-3, a mem­oir about How­land’s stay in a Chicago psy­chi­atric ward af­ter an over­dose, Hughes was drawn to the

A post­card Saul Bel­low sent to Bette How­land in 1968 from Bel­la­gio, Italy. “Dear Bette—A let­ter? Note? Word? Syl­la­ble? Any­thing! Love Saul.”

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