Literature

Art's Web

There is no question that Romantic Moderns is calculated to please Anglophiles. But Alexandra Harris knows how to wipe the cobwebs off subjects that a

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The Missing Subject

Susan Cheever's Louisa May Alcott takes no viewpoint and proves no hypothesis. Even more damningly, one cannot read Cheever’s work for the bare facts

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Edited Out

Tablet and Pen includes writing in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, as one would expect, but no Hebrew writers. But why? Tablet and Pen is really an anth

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And All I Ask is a GPS

Parody, to be appreciated, demands familiarity with the work parodied, but today the reading public for, say, Browning and Whitman (two of the most re

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Back Issues

Elizabeth Hardwick's Manhattan is poetry incarnate; here is the city as tidal flux, with private lives set against the racing seasons, cultural deligh

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Jay Parini's "biographical fiction" prompts the hard question of why novels devoted to the private lives of writers are so popular at the moment. This

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Counter-Revelations

Robert Alter’s ongoing translation of the Hebrew Bible into a new, more accurate and forceful English version is one of the most ambitious literary pr

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Thinking Small

In truth, Robert Walser does not know what he is after in these pieces, and it does not help much to be told by that they are “unambitious” and writte

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The Hidden God

The history of the travails of Shakespeare skeptics is fantastic: psychics, ciphers, dredged rivers, illicit affairs, brilliant forgeries, and famous

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Any biographer bold enough to choose as her subject the second generation of Romantic poets—the circle of prodigies centered around Shelley, Byron, an

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