Ticknor In Review
Biographer George Ticknor’s friendship with his great subject, historian W.H. Prescott, was the foundation of his 1864 Life of William Hickling Prescott, a popular and critical success. Pulling this obscure page from the archives, Heti has turned their friendship on its head, transforming it into a darkly funny anti-history, a hilariously biting study of envy, bitterness and promise unfulfilled. In her masterfully reimagined landscape, her Ticknor – quite unlike his real-life counterpart – is a thwarted second-rater, all talk and very little action, forever toiling in the shadow of his wildly successful childhood friend.