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Reviews & Essays

Leavetaking

When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn't enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.

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Alice Paul: Claiming Power

The courageous life and times of a women's suffrage heroine.

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Under Magnolia

The author who famously moved to a sun-drenched European villa recollects her childhood in the American South.

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Interviews

George Saunders: The Kind Side

The award-winning author on Zen monks, the man in Anton Chekhov's closet, and the commencement address that became his new book, Congratulations, by the way.

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The Little Girl who Fought the Great Depression

Why was Shirley Temple one of the most iconic figures of 1930s America?

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E. E. Cummings: A Life

Was the poet famed for his lowercase aesthetic an all-caps talent?

 

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Call Me Burroughs: A Life

The author of Naked Lunch led a life as darkly outrageous as his fiction.

 

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A Reading Life

Flyover Lives: A Memoir

The author of effervescent transatlantic fiction maps the Middle America of her forebears.

 

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Dedicated to God

An oral history of the lives of the cloistered sheds light on life behind the walls of an American monastery.

 

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The Bully Pulpit

The political battles and journalistic triumphs of the Progressive Era have never looked so timely.

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American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

Have we underestimated the artist who became our "national frame of reference"?

 

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Interviews

Doris Kearns Goodwin on The Bully Pulpit

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian on Teddy Roosevelt, Spielberg, the bravery of Progressive journalism, and what yesterday's politics can teach us about tomorrow.

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Self-Help Messiah

How a public speaking teacher won fame and influenced millions.

 

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Death of an Alchemist: Gavin Edwards on River Phoenix

A new book looks back at the life -- and premature end -- of an enigmatic actor.

 

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D. J. Taylor: The Art of Writing Revisionist History

The author of The Windsor Faction on "authorial sleight-of-hand" and putting words into the mouths of real people. 

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