Literature

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

Glitterings
June 16, 2011

Frederic Raphael belongs to what is now widely regarded as a dying breed: the self-employed man of letters whose livelihood is made entirely by his pe

The Great Wall of Russia
June 14, 2011

Literature has functioned in Russian society as a clarion call to wean the people off their collective crucifixion, to remind them that to be Russian

The Virtuoso of Pastiche
May 24, 2011

In this book, Arthur Phillips outdoes himself with a conceit that requires nothing less than a “newly discovered” play by Shakespeare, complete with a

The Court of Literature
April 14, 2011

Kenji Yoshino, a law professor at NYU, argues that Shakespeare’s plays contribute to modern debates about law and justice, and he draws crisp lessons

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
April 13, 2011

In a mere hundred pages, Simon Winchester’s new book encapsulates reams of research and commentary in the overcrowded field of Charles Lutwidge Dodgso

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