Elaine Dundy, R.I.P

The author of the fabulous, recently reissued THE DUD AVOCADO died on May 1 at the age of 81. The news comes by way of Terry Teachout, who wrote the introduction to the NYRB edition of the novel that introduced the one-of-a-kind American expat Sally Jay Gorce getting into heaps of adventure and mischief in Paris. The NYRB Classics’ blog reports that Dundy’s follow-up, THE OLD MAN AND ME, will be republished by them later this year. Dundy’s 2006 essay on the gradual loss of sight is also well worth reading.