My Mentor

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Alec Wilkinson was just a young guy when he decided that he could become a writer and maybe get rich. He found the perfect teacher. After a career editing John Updike and Vladimir Nabokov, William Maxwell took this clueless kid under his wing. Wilkinson is now a writer for the New Yorker himself, and he recently published a book about his 25-year relationship with Maxwell. Produced by David Krasnow.