Literature

In Praise of Oscar Wilde's Brilliant Wit, Sparkling Conversation, and Daring Genius
October 16, 2014

It was his personality, more than anything, that secured his reputation.

5 Steps to Getting Over Your Ignorance of the Nobel Winner for Literature
October 09, 2014

This guys didn't win. We're here to help you get over it.

Gorgeous Vintage Sketches of Tolstoy and Your Other Favorite Authors
October 02, 2014

Amazing renderings of our most cherished literary figures.

Nabokov's Lolita Is Constantly Banned. It's Also a Work of Genius.
September 23, 2014

It's Banned Books Week. Read something dangerous. 

You Should Absolutely, Positively Read the Canon in College
September 15, 2014

The ultimate essay in defense of the masterpieces we know and love.

Sitting With E.M. Forster While He Had His Portrait Sketched
August 22, 2014

This writer had the pleasure of chatting with the novelist one summer afternoon.

John Updike Beautifully Explains How Difficult It Was To Read John Cheever's Tortured Journals
August 13, 2014

Cheever's life was often a mess of chaos. Updike still sees the beauty in it.

Knopf Book Designer Hates the Classic 'Great Gatsby' Cover
In an interview, Peter Mendulsund explains why some covers work and others fail
August 04, 2014

He explains why some covers succeed and others fail. 

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