(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Although Seymour's letter constitutes almost the entire story, other Glass family members must be noted, particularly his five-year-old brother and fellow camper, Buddy Glass, who receives considerable mention. Seen also as a forty-six-year-old writer, Buddy introduces the reader to the world of his late brother, in a headnote to the letter, dated May 28, 1965. He explains that his mother, Bessie Glass, sent him the letter after he had informed her he was working on a story about a very significant party he and Seymour, Bessie and Les (her husband and the father of the five Glass children) had attended on a certain night in 1926. He intends, Buddy adds, to type up this letter exactly as written. Hence child Seymour's extravagant outpouring from Camp Simon Hapworth, Hapworth Lake, Hapworth, Maine. The letter is addressed to his parents, Bessie and Les Glass (professional stage entertainers), who serve as foils for his cloyingly patronizing remarks, and to his young siblings: Beatrice (Boo Boo), Walter, and Waker. Various camp characters (fellow campers, personnel, a young camper's mother) are discussed by Seymour, with pity, contempt, forbearance, or—in the case of some of the women—a lively sexual response.

(The entire section is 193 words.)