Shakespeare's Freedom

Stephen Greenblatt, the peerless critic and biographer of Shakespeare, is at his most incisive in this slender collection of essays. Discussing beauty, power, hatred, and—most crucially —the artist's own special freedom, Greenblatt takes us on a journey that sheds new light on the world of Cymbeline, The Merchant of Venice, and The Tempest.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.