“If you like modern poetry, or simply a good biography, Young Eliot is the book for you.”
“The high point of The Life of Saul Bellow is the use of illustrations.”
“a tremendous achievement. A work of truth. . . . The Bone Bridge is a book of brutal memories. It is hard to read, but impossible not to.”
“Frances and Bernard is a dour thing. It is, however, impeccably well written and well constructed within the strictures of its epistolary limitations.
“Superman: The Unauthorized Biography . . . is a great tale of how myths are born and how those myths become integrated into the society they reflect.”
“. . . the contents of these diaries do nothing to fill in gaps of knowledge about the man, his work, or his beliefs. A cypher he was. A cypher he remains.”
“Robert Kanigel knits together a handsome pattern as he traces the inherent drama within the destinies on the page—and in recollection by themselves and others—of the Blasket Islanders.
“Imagine a writer with a seemingly endless vocabulary who has somehow convinced himself that he is being paid by the word.
“To have been a piece of literature worthy of resurrection, Tune In Tokyo would have perhaps benefited had the author been able to pierce through his own clambering humor and, from
“. . . for a glimpse into James Joyce’s shadowed soul and his demanding mind as well as his labyrinthine texts, Ms.
“Readers need not be familiar with Vonnegut’s oeuvre to enjoy this fascinating biography of an immensely talented and darkly complicated man.
“Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.”
—Mark Twain, Autobiography, 1924
I first met Czeslaw Milosz’s work as an undergraduate, majoring in history with an emphasis on Russia and Eastern Europe.