James Schuyler (1923-1991) was a preeminent figure in the celebrated New York School of poets. He grew up in Washington, D.C., and near Buffalo, New York. After World War II, he made his way to Italy, where he served for a time as W.H. Auden's secretary. His books include two other novels, A Nest of Ninnies(written with John Ashbery) and Alfred and Guinevere (also published by NYRB Classics), as well as numerous volumes of poetry. James McCourt was born in New York City and attended Manhattan College, NYU, the Yale School of Drama, and the Old Met. Among his works of fiction and nonfiction are Mawrdew Czgowchwz (published by NYRB Classics), Wayfaring at Waverly in Silver Lake, and Queer Street: The Rise and Fall of an American Culture, 1947-1985. He lives in New York City.
"James Schuyler’s sublimely sad and funny novel, What’s for
Dinner? looks back at Cranford and Madame
Bovary and forward to present—day dysfunctional households
like those of”Desperate Housewives.” It’s wonderful to have it back
in print." — John Ashbery
"A quietly scarifying, very funny, and wonderfully compassionate novel." — Stephen Spender
"What’s for Dinner? is a comedy of manners all about alcoholism, insanity, adultery, drugs, moderate incest, and death. [It is] a great gift to the reader." —Alice Notley