The great chronicler of turn-of-the-century New York was also a master of the chilling tale.
Why this 1903 "Record of Secret Service" may be the first great modern spy novel.
Hot nights and cold Cassis with Marseilles' master of crime fiction.
The late author was an artist unconstrained by genre or convention.
How Carl Barks made Uncle Scrooge McDuck the center of a magical, web-footed world.
The haunting imagination and musical prose of a seventeenth-century physician.
Norman Douglas's classic novel of an Italian island makes for hilarious and "utterly pagan" beach reading.
The lasting impact of a writer committed to the "jagged edges" of the soul.
How the stories of Scheherazade invented fantasy.
How a failed salesman became a titan of planetary romance.
The great novelist, in love with the life of the streets.
A classic epic of endurance is also a testament to the beauty and hardship of desert life.
A captivating history of an era in which the gaze of the world was fixed on Paris.
The life, times, and seductions of James Lees-Milne (1908-1997), England's greatest 20th-century diarist.
A collection of essays on a reading life from the author of A History of Reading and The Library at Night
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