When journalist Steve Oney arrived at Harrison Ford’s ranch to interview him in 1988, he found a man at turns funny, laconic, suspicious, and driven by one overriding fear.
He wrote novels about sideshow freaks, gospel singers, and midgets. In one of his novels, a man eats a whole car. Only the best writers can find beauty in the oddest places.
The only Jew ever lynched in the U.S., Leo Frank was in custody and appealing his conviction of the murder of Atlanta factory worker Mary Phagan when a mob caught up with him.
Robert Penn Warren made winning Pulitzer prizes look like a habit. Here the author of possibly the best political novel ever written is captured in a fond but piercing profile.