A most fortunate man, Steven L. Isenberg had lunch with W.H. Auden, E. M. Forster, Philip Larkin and William Empson. In the winter issue of The American Scholar he writes about his meetings with eminent writers in "Lunching on Olympus":
"As I have grown older, read more, and now teach, becoming what J. D. Salinger called a `lifetime English major,' how many times I’ve wished for another meeting with each of them, because I have so much more to ask. And to hear again how each was so indelibly himself, to say some thanks to them for their part in making my teaching years full, to show them how much these meetings meant to me."