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Interviews

The Summit: Rebecca Mead on My Life in Middlemarch

Why George Eliot's Victorian life still instructs -- and delights.

 

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Reviews & Essays

Algerian Chronicles

The author's reflections on the turmoil in the land of his birth speak with renewed urgency.

 

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A Book of Voyages

Spanning the globe with adventurous writers in exotic locales throughout history.

 

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New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families

A novelist traces the lives of the writers whose voices echo in his imagination.

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The Annotated Emerson

A new collection helps readers to appreciate the "new yet unapproachable" American thinker.

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The Man Within My Head

The globe-trotting essayist contemplates his greatest influence.

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Dante in Love

A comprehensive look at the life and divided affections of the Italian poet.

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Backward Ran Sentences: The Best of Wolcott Gibbs from The New Yorker

A new collection showcases a sharp-tongued, prolific voice from The New Yorker's glory days.

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Did a poem discovered by an Italian book collector make the Renaissance possible?

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The Story of Charlotte's Web

How a death on a farm led to a monument of children's literature.

 

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Mightier than the Sword

Uncle Tom's Cabin changed the world.  But is it worth reading now?

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The Novels of Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll's novels confront the horror of Germany's past—and its willingness to turn away.

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A Jane Austen Education

The surprisingly up-to-date guide to life found in the classic novelist's work.

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The Death and Life of Great New York Novels

Have we had a great New York novel in the past decade?

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

A celebration of the genius of Washington Irving and the enduring imaginative life of his greatest tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

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