The acclaimed British playwright details the shyness and madness that were his family inheritance.
Four biographies of rock'n'roll greats try to place music legend in the world of documentable fact.
Eloisa James on four novels that illustrate why weddings in romances need to be more than just happy endings.
A slyly potent thriller that cocks an eyebrow at our trend-maddened culture.
The masterpiece of a 20th-century Swedish historical novelist who belongs in the company of Dumas, Sabatini, and Patrick O'Brian.
From the Stoics to the psychology lab, a quest to understand what makes us happy.
Yunte Huang's new study of the fictional detective yields far more than the history of a stereotype.
Memoir, history, and personal journey, this book about poetry and the Second World War is a telling, poignant, and singular testament.
An illustrated review of Lewis Hyde's new treatise about creativity in the public sphere.
The grown-up anthems of Arcade Fire.
An urgent moral fable set in Nazi-occupied Holland, Keilson's novel proves that even death guaranteed no escape from the terror of the war.
The life, times, and seductions of James Lees-Milne (1908-1997), England's greatest 20th-century diarist.
Is it time to resume our imaginative flights to other planets?
Four new romances that twist old plots—from Cinderella to Cyrano, Pygmalion to Jane Eyre—to fit these times.
Alison Gopnik pulls profound questions out of the minds of babes.
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