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In this engrossing survey of the art of the letter, Thomas Mallon reads the mail of correspondents famous and obscure throughout history to celebrate, and memorialize, what may well be a vanished mode of everyday eloquence.

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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…