by Jessica Birkett in New Illustration on Wednesday 27 June 2012

Jessie Gaynor, of the Paris Review, recovers and MSPaints some of modern literature’s most praised literates in their most devastated moments. Here read Gertrude Stein’s word swerving, John Cheever’s gin-soaked, sullied merriment, and Emily Dickenson’s ode to the last call.