Other literary forms
Brad Leithauser (LEET-how-zur) demonstrates an equal facility with poetry and fiction, alternating between writing novels and collections of poems. His novels are splendidly unpredictable. Equal Distance: A Novel (1985) is based on his stint as a research fellow at the Kyoto Comparative Law Center and is evidently autobiographical. Hence: A Novel (1989) pits a geeky chess player against a supercomputer. Seaward: A Novel (1993) is a combination detective story and paranormal romance. The Friends of Freeland (1997) is a re-creation of Iceland and the Nordic world, comical and serious by turns, based on Leithauser’s experiences living in Reykjavik, Iceland, as a Fulbright lecturer. A Few Corrections: A Novel (2001) provides the essential emendations and additions to the obituary of a handsome, midwestern failure. Darlington’s Fall, a novel in verse, describes the aborted career of a promising entomologist, a remote relative of Leithauser.