Literature

The Voyage In
November 30, 2011

Alexandra Harris says that “much of Virginia Woolf’s writing life was devoted to … exposing the falsity involved in defining anyone as ‘this’ or ‘that

The Grand Programme
October 19, 2011

A book on why to read another book is, you might think, redundant, especially when there are so many predecessors that illuminate Moby-Dick, and by no

Dailiness in Extremis
September 27, 2011

This book’s primary aim is to capture, in broad and impressionistic strokes, the experience of the European intellectual community in the period befor

The Interstitials
August 17, 2011

Robert Vanderlan offers an unromantic book about a magazine, a milieu, and a city. Henry Luce was no Eliot or Sartre. He was a man of sizable intellec

All About Eve
August 09, 2011

Ernest Beckett’s complicated, nebulous family promises more than a colorful cast of personalities. Ernest's family invites the author, Michael Holroyd

Seduction Unending
July 25, 2011

The Thousand and One Nights, also known as The Arabian Nights, is the world’s best-travelled collection of stories, and the most popular. It might be

Conquests
July 19, 2011

The questions raised by The Golden Mean will be familiar to readers of The New Republic and The Book. What is the relationship of intellectuals to pol

La Même Chose
July 03, 2011

Ever since the eighteenth century, the French have held a contradictory place in the American imagination. David McCullough's new book, The Greater Jo

The Deepest Resource
June 29, 2011

Folktales of the Jews is an anthology of sixty stories drawn from the Israel Folk Archives at the University of Haifa, where, starting in the 1950s, i

Reckless
June 21, 2011

In telling the story of the decade he spent in Paris, from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, Paul Zweig offers an original version of a classic American

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