Literature

Presciently Sad
February 08, 2012

The rediscovery of Joseph Roth has been one of the happiest literary developments of the last decade or so—perhaps the first time that the word “happy

The Pains of the Pioneers
January 30, 2012

Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West were both women, and world-famous journalists, and politically outspoken, and involved with men who treated them bad

What is the Meaning of it, Watson?
January 16, 2012

Sherlock Holmes may be the most famous fictional character who ever existed and Doyle was the most popular writer since Dickens. But how could the man

New and Unimproved
January 04, 2012

Adaptation and reinvention run alongside the greatest artistic pursuits, and it has long been a skill of fine artists to steal for the purpose of maki

What is Jewish Literature?
December 08, 2011

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

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

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