Literature

Dan Miron, the foremost Israeli critic and scholar of modern Hebrew and Yiddish literature, asks a big question: what is Jewish literature, or to be m

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The Voyage In

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

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The Grand Programme

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

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Dailiness in Extremis

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

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The Interstitials

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

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All About Eve

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

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Seduction Unending

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

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Conquests

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

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

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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

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