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

Thoughtful Torture
April 12, 2011

Cerebral imagery is typical of Ranko Marinković, whose narrative epic—set in the former Yugoslavia in the early 1940s—is based on Ulysses, which had a

Reading Deeply
April 11, 2011

In a time when reading has devolved into a means for the efficient conveyance of information, and sustained reading is in decline even as the techniqu

Swiche Glaringe Eyen
April 07, 2011

Sheila Fisher is an academic, a professor of English literature, and her sparkling introduction to the Canterbury Tales and Chaucer is by far the best

After Dark
April 06, 2011

In Pleasure Bound, Deborah Lutz treads on familiar ground writing that she “wanted to steadily question certain assumptions we have today about the Vi

The Boulders
April 05, 2011

The literary career of Imre Kertész has been as full of improbable twists as any melodrama. It took him a decade to complete his first novel, an accou