Book Essay

Bringing In the Horse 

Virgil’s account of the sacking of Troy has similarities to the political situation of our day

by Mary Lefkowitz | Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Force of Nature

The racing tides beneath Peter Matthiessen’s literary achievement

by Jeff Wheelwright | Monday, June 04, 2018

A Dream of a Writer

Peter Taylor’s stories reveal an artist immersed in the quotidian who rose to the complexities of the heart and psyche

by Ann Beattie | Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Remembering Bob Silvers

The legendary New York Review of Books editor knew everybody, had read everything, and oversaw every stage of what he published

by Garry Wills | Monday, June 05, 2017

Found in Translation

A poet learns how to feel and see and think and sound in the language of his adopted home

by Piotr Florczyk | Monday, March 06, 2017

The Gogol Notebook

Remembering Randall Jarrell’s passionate lectures on Russian literature and discovering the pangs of alienation that plagued the poet during his final years

by Angela Davis-Gardner | Monday, December 05, 2016

A Life Written in Invisible Ink

In her rebellious and much-celebrated poetry, Adrienne Rich both deciphered and created the feminist world she inhabited

by Sandra M. Gilbert | Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Living With Dante

A writer reflects on how the poet’s vision served as a vade mecum amid the horrors of the Holocaust

by Louis Begley | Monday, June 06, 2016

Inscriber’s Block

Just because you can write a book doesn’t mean you can sign one

by Ralph Keyes | Monday, February 29, 2016

A Radical Pessimist’s Priceless Patter

Dashiell Hammett took the detective story out of the parlor and into the street

by David Lehman | Monday, September 07, 2015
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