Jane Smiley is an American novelist, critic, and nonfiction writer. Born in Los Angeles. Pulitzer Prize and O. Henry winner.
“Another book that came to mean a good deal to Margaret was Two Years Before the Mast, by Mr. Dana. She read it to her sisters twice, all the while making bright pictures in her own mind of the wild and inaccessible coast of California. These pictures subsequently turned out to be entirely wrong.”