Book Essay

Force of Nature

The racing tides beneath Peter Matthiessen’s literary achievement

Jeff Wheelwright

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

Ann Beattie

Remembering Bob Silvers

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

Garry Wills

Found in Translation

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

Piotr Florczyk

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

Angela Davis-Gardner

A Life Written in Invisible Ink

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

Sandra M. Gilbert

Living With Dante

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

Louis Begley

Inscriber’s Block

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

Ralph Keyes

A Radical Pessimist’s Priceless Patter

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

David Lehman

Reflections on Alexis de Tocqueville

What is the place of the artist in a democratic society?

Saul Bellow

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