A while back I posted that I was planning to read a book called Stuart: A Life Backwards, which I remarked was a "non-Chelsea related" title. But, Whitbread prize-winning novelist Joan Brady (Theory of War) has just written to tell me how wrong I was:
In re Alexander Masters, he is in fact the great nephew of Edgar Lee Masters, who lived at the Chelsea for many years. I am his mother. His father was Dexter Masters, Lee's nephew. That is, he is not unrelated to the hotel at all. Furthermore, all three of us stayed at the Chelsea for over a month in 1970 or 1971. Alexander's book Stuart is scheduled to come out in the US on 30 May. You will find it listed at amazon.com.
It just goes to show: everybody who's anybody has stayed at the Chelsea. (If you've read Stuart, which is about a schizophrenic homeless man, you might think it's likely that he's lived here too. Certainly we've had many like him.)
Anway, check out Joan Brady's new novel, Bleedout as well.