09/03/2010 12:40 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Vance Bourjaily Dead: American Novelist Dies At 87

Mr. Bourjaily (pronounced bor-ZHAY-lee) never achieved the top rank of recognition that was predicted for him after publication of his first novel, "The End of My Life," in 1947, and he figured prominently when critics made lists of writers who were underappreciated or whose promise had gone unfulfilled.

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