Nicholas Delbanco

Nicholas Delbanco is the Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Michigan. The author of 30 books of fiction and nonfiction, his most recent collection is Curiouser and Curiouser: Essays.

Book Reviews by Nicholas Delbanco

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Paul Gauguin (1838–1903) is a compelling figure, both as an artist and man.

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“David Szalay’s art accomplishes what arithmetic can’t: The whole adds up to more than its individual components, and in sum his Turbulence is a tour de force.”

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If offers compelling research, information, and speculative insight. It reminds us all that we should read Kipling again.”

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We know more about William Shakespeare than we know about the lives and work of most of his contemporaries; the documentary record, though sparse, is substantial.

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“This is a collection to savor in bits and bite-sized portions; there are too many pungencies to swallow in one gulp.”

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“There’s a lilting music to this writer’s sentences, a love of language throughout.”

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“To spend hours in this writer’s company as he records the days and years is to have an instructive and unfailingly urbane companion.”

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“the writing soars. Stoner redux is a dream come true for those who dream of immortality; the afterlife of the novel beggars its beginning.”

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". . . a marvel-filled book."

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Richard Elman (1934–1997) was a major figure in literary circles of the latter part of the last century, a consequential presence in our culture’s “scene.” Known primarily as a novelist—for such no