Biography

Art and Ugliness

The story of the abusive, alcoholic writer is a familiar one, and we generally make allowances for such a figure. We can forgive a great deal if the w

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No Prize

If you were an immigrant sailing into New York harbor at the close of the nineteenth century, the first building to catch your eye would have been the

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When you are an inarguably excellent novelist of the mid-twentieth century, with a solid trans-Atlantic reputation among critics and readers and stead

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The Wise Man

This wise and interesting book condenses a lifetime of political learning into a few hundred crisply written pages. Along with Raymond Aron, he is one

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The intimate lives of writers have always had a special attraction for readers, perhaps because we imagine that people who can shape ideas and arrange

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We live in an age of family, or at least an age of deep hunger for family. Let no one tell you tall tales about the eclipse of family values. Read eno

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There is much to be learned from these studies and others by “Tintinologists”—about Hergé, about the “world” of Tintin, even about twentieth-century p

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Visions

Joan of Arc, in the 580 years since she came to fame, has been hero and villain, primal innocent and cunning manipulator, nationalist and universalist

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings edited by J.D. McClatchy (The Library of America, 854 pp., $35)   With the publication of F.O. Matthiessen's hugely influential American Renaissance in 1941, the modern-day pantheon of nineteenth-century American writers was established: Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman. The only other writer to be admitted into this select company has been Emily Dickinson, a recluse who published only seven poems in her own time and was virtually unknown.

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