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Algerian Chronicles

The author's reflections on the turmoil in the land of his birth speak with renewed urgency.

 

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A Book of Voyages

Spanning the globe with adventurous writers in exotic locales throughout history.

 

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New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families

A novelist traces the lives of the writers whose voices echo in his imagination.

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The Annotated Emerson

A new collection helps readers to appreciate the "new yet unapproachable" American thinker.

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The Man Within My Head

The globe-trotting essayist contemplates his greatest influence.

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Dante in Love

A comprehensive look at the life and divided affections of the Italian poet.

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Backward Ran Sentences: The Best of Wolcott Gibbs from The New Yorker

A new collection showcases a sharp-tongued, prolific voice from The New Yorker's glory days.

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Did a poem discovered by an Italian book collector make the Renaissance possible?

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The Story of Charlotte's Web

How a death on a farm led to a monument of children's literature.

 

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Mightier than the Sword

Uncle Tom's Cabin changed the world.  But is it worth reading now?

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The Novels of Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll's novels confront the horror of Germany's past—and its willingness to turn away.

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A Jane Austen Education

The surprisingly up-to-date guide to life found in the classic novelist's work.

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The Death and Life of Great New York Novels

Have we had a great New York novel in the past decade?

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

A celebration of the genius of Washington Irving and the enduring imaginative life of his greatest tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

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Best Friends Forever

Why are women's friendships so inadequately caught in the pages of books? asks Jessa Crispin.

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Juan the Landless

The Spanish novelist updates his 1975 novel, which explores the half-century impact of his country's devastating civil war.

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In Rough Country

Facing personal loss, the prolific novelist turns to the books and authors that have fired her life's work. Read more...

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A Lost King

A long-out-of-print American classic that played the familiar melody of a family struggle in an exuberant new key.

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Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

A stimulating exploration of the motives that have driven people to find other authors for Shakespeare's plays.

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Fear and Delight: The Fiction of Shirley Jackson

Helen Oyeyemi on why the enigmatic author of "The Lottery" retains her grip on the dark side of our imaginations.

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Prefaces to Shakespeare

An introduction to each and every one of Shakespeare's plays, offered by one of their most sensitive readers.

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Jane's Fame

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is a literary titan. But why?

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The Masterpiece Has No Clothes

Naked Lunch at 50: Does Burroughs’ classic of cut-up lit add up?

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Girls of Lonely Means

A poet's death sparks a meditation on fiction, longing, and solitude.

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Tracking the True Roberto Bolaño

Last interviews and an early novel from the author of The Savage Detectives and 2666.

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April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.