“Borchert’s history is bound to appeal to readers interested in the American 1930s, the careers of noted writers, and the U.S.
“Riley’s book is both an incisive examination of Sowell’s ideas and a tribute to a man of courage, brilliant intellect, fierce independence, and scholarly integrity.”
Timothy Brennan begins his intellectual and political biography of Edward Said—the Palestinian American literary critic, gadfly, and largely self-appointed global diplomat—on a somber note.
“in Philip Roth: The Biography, Blake Bailey provides ample evidence of his understanding of modern American literature and the frailties and achievements of an ar
“If you have read only smaller portions of Dostoevsky, Christofi’s account will send you off to look for more.
Hermione Lee’s biography of this celebrated playwright spans the six decades of his career.
“Bury me north of the Mason-Dixon line, in a white suit and a plain coffin.” —Louise Fitzhugh
“The little boy who dreamed of painting like Norman Rockwell ended up with his own art on the cover of The New Yorker. What could be more magical than that?
“Souder’s biography is a stylistic portrait of a towering American original.”
Leonard Cohen Untold Stories could not have happened before social media. Through Facebook, Google, and WhatsApp, Michael Posner located people who once knew Leonard Cohen and fell away.
Sylvia Plath wrote some of the best poetry of the 20th century, but her work gets less attention than the way she died. So argues Heather Clark.
“There has been a fair amount of important discussion recently about the stories of immigration across the southern border, about how those stories should be told and who should tell them.
“Illness is nothing if not a narrative: the present isn’t what the past was supposed to lead up to, and the future holds God only knows what.
Nick Flynn’s mother set fire to their house and later killed herself.
“Regardless of one’s knowledge of any of the 50 writers discussed, Cult Writers is intriguing and informative.”
“Taylor’s memoir explores the friendship between two men who think of themselves as Jews, and who behave in ways that seem intrinsically Jewish and quintessentially New York, though one doe
“I, John Kennedy Toole is a fascinating mix of fact and fiction, albeit highly plausible fiction.
Robert Stone seemed to come out of nowhere when he published his first novel, A Hall of Mirror in 1967, though he had a substantial apprenticeship, including a couple of years in the famed
This short book shows Toni Morrison’s “black girl magic,” as Zadie Smith writes in the Prologue. It shows her beauty.
“The gift Bair gives us in Parisian Lives is a direct and knowing contemplation of the works of two literary giants—and the circumstances of their lives as they wrote.
James Baldwin described his country as a burning fire. “Living in fire” was to “relentlessly rage.” It wasn’t the people that angered him but what made them.
“readers will appreciate the elegance of both writers here, and will, moreover, relish the couple’s unending devotion to each other.”
“Seen against the complex backdrop of her family circumstances, the machinations of literary London, and changing social mores that made a ‘female Byron’ no longer socially acceptable, L.E.
“grab your secret decoder ring and your blaster, strap yourself in for liftoff, and enjoy. . . . The pictures in this book are reason enough to buy it.”
“A $450 million price tag. And what of that? Was it 500 years of history that warranted that exorbitant amount? Or was it the spiritual aura?”