Literary Guilty Pleasures? Dinner parties?

John Paul Stevens and his favorite genre

"Writings about the authorship of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare" is the answer former Supreme Court justice and author, John Paul Stevens, gave in answer to questions about his bookish guilty pleasures and favorite reading material. 

His literary hero (heroine?) is "the author of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare" and he is also a fan of A. Conan Doyle. 

Stevens stated that if he were to host a literary dinner party he would invite "the author of the Shakespeare canon" along with Clemens and Dickens. (That would be a terrific party although I'd replace Dickens with George Eliot; just imagine the conversation with Mary Sidney, Mary Ann Evans and Mark Twain!)

His comments appeared in the April 6, 2014, Sunday New York Times Book Review