My favorite, or one of the top few.
And I can't remember or find it!
The protagonist goes back in time to reassure and comfort long-dead authors just before their death, bringing along their printed books as proof that they will be remembered and loved.
The finest sentence in it is "... fine old lions gone off their feed..."
It is never on the tiresome people's lists of their favorites, which though great are of all his stories stories we've all read the most since seventh grade.
It is like losing contact with a friend who has changed their name. Only, of course, it is my memory that changed.
dragonfly, nice to see you back! The story you are looking for is "Last Rites". You can find it in Ray's collection QUICKER THAN THE EYE.
Oh my FSM, thank you.
I've forgotten more than some people have read.
And I have company.
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