Friday, February 5 was the 110th anniversary of the birth of Allan Seager in Adrian, Michigan. Unjustly overlooked today, he was once called the heir to the short story tradition at which Hemingway excelled.

Seager wrote several first-rate novels, but a handful of his short stories are among the best in the American canon. The idea at the core of one of Seager’s stories was so powerful that he was globally plagiarized.

Seager also wrote an arresting quasi-autobiography, “A Frieze of Girls,” whose tone and perspective are worthy of the 21st Century.

Seager is one of the authors with Michigan connections profiled in “Ink Trails II,” a book I co-authored with my older brother Jack. Of course it’s a sequel. Look for it next month.