Underappreciated: Howard Sturgis’s Belchamber

Howard Sturgis was good friends with Edith Wharton and Henry James, but his novels were never as popular as theirs. His 1904 novel Belchamber traces the demise of a family of English aristocrats. Edmund White, who wrote the introduction to the New York Review of Books reissue of Belchamber, tells us why Sturgis deserves a place alongside his more famous friends.