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Declaring His Genius

One of literature’s greatest wits crosses the pond, in search of exceptionalism abroad and within.

 

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Interviews

The Tavern as Tabernacle: Rosie Schaap on Drinking with Men

The memoirist talks about the bar as solace, sanctuary -- and second home.

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Reader's Diary

Thornton Wilder: A Life

The intensely private life of an artist who married the quotidian and the revolutionary.

 

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Interviews

Yoram Kaniuk: "I Write Upside Down"

The iconic Israeli writer talks about his memoir of the War of Independence and his late-in-life literary celebrity.

 

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University Presses

The Great Charles Dickens Scandal

Charles Dickens's beloved characters often harbored terrible secrets.  Their creator was no different.

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Reviews & Essays

Cézanne: A Life

The revolutionary painter, in the eyes of his contemporaries, was by turns a genius and simpleton.

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Reviews & Essays

Elsewhere: A Memoir

A novelist reveals the real-life inspiration for his hard-luck fiction.

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Reviews & Essays

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

A deeply sympathetic examination of the Founding Father's paradoxes.

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Reviews & Essays

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

The novelist's correspondence shows a determinedly independent sensibility working patiently at becoming a legend.

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Interviews

Robert A. Caro: "What can a president be? What can a president do?"

The author of The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson on his writing process, the challanges historians face, and how his subject acheived the full potential of the presidency.

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Reviews & Essays

The Voice Is All

Jack Kerouac's journey to the composition of On the Road was long, and filled with detours.

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Reviews & Essays

Strom Thurmond's America

The Senate's champion of segregation endured long after the Dixiecrats were history.

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Reviews & Essays

Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz

The story of an American artist is also the snapshot of a lost world.

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Reviews & Essays

Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox

The legendary film star may have been a better actress in private life than she was on the screen.

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Interviews

'Sunny Jim' or 'Herr Satan': Gordon Bowker on James Joyce

How the great writer's life in exile emerged in a career of artistic revolution.

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