God's Secretaries

Easter week seems a good time to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible by recommending a favorite book that chronicles its making. The author, Adam Nicolson, as Katherine A. Powers once wrote, "is a partisan of this great work as a vessel containing the inherited glory and grace of the English language," and we share her admiration for his 2003 volume.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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…