Grant's autobiography is extraordinary. Exceptionally well written by a man who staved his soul on Lucifer's pike
and wrote with a troubled conscience while Death tugged at his sleeve.
Oscar Wilde's The Artist As Critic features a critique of Whitman titled The Gospel According to Walt Whitman,
which glimpses Wildean envy similar to that of his Elizabeth Barrtett Browning comment in English Poetesses.
Edith Wharton's introduction to Ethan Frome should be required grammar school reading.
Kerouac, agreed. His iconic stature, like Burroughs, is tenuous at best; though the Beats have some rhyme if not reason.