The narrator, whose name is never given, is a scholarship student at an unnamed New England all male prep school in 1960-61. The school's primary emphasis is literature. Each year, three famous writers come to the school. The students, including the narrator, compete for a chance to have a private conversation with each visiting writer. The competition consists of writing a story or poem. The best one wins. Robert Frost, Ayn Rand and Ernest Hemingway are the three writers for the year 1960-61. The narrator comes to realize that he will not be a good writer until he can be honest about himself, both in his life and in his writing.
This report prepared by Susanna Marlowe