February 14, 1971. John Leonard, editor of the New York Times Book Review, was a big fan of Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer novels, so when
The Underground Man was due for publication he went all out. He gave the book to another Archerphile to review: the distinguished novelist Eudora Welty. Her glowing report wound up on the front page of the review on this date, and went on for five pages. It got Macdonald's book onto the best seller list, and all his later books followed it there. Macdonald and Welty became friends and each dedicated a book to the other.