A: And as I said in the profile, she was neither a lady nor a saint nor just. She was grandiose, as Williams said in his own memoir, and she used her association with Williams to feather her own nest, both socially and financially. She was the intermediary with the lawyers who ran the estate, and she was hard to control, very high-handed. The reason she didn't want Lyle's book published was that she wanted to control Williams' story. She wanted her role in Williams' life to be part of his legend. Finally, when I started researching the New Yorker piece, the lawyers allowed Lyle's book — which covers Williams' youth and his education as a writer — to be published, quite successfully, as the first of two planned volumes. Lyle and I became friends, and one day he said, "If anything happens to me, would you finish this?" And I said sure. A few years later, I was in San Francisco reviewing a play, and somebody came up and said, "Lyle died." But my writing this book was not the fulfillment of a pledge, really, because I never anticipated having an opportunity to write it. And as it happens, I disagreed with Lyle's interpretation of Williams' family, so what I've done is a stand-alone book.