Literature

The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War

Michael Gorra, Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College, and editor of the Norton Critical…

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Gertrude Stein and the Making of an American Celebrity

Karen Leick's Gertrude Stein and the Making of an American Celebrity refutes the notion that Stein, as a high-modernist aesthete,…

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Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath

Heather Clark, Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the University of Huddersfield, and author of The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath…

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Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize

How does an intense friendship between two Nobel Prize Laureates, who were leaders of the French Resistance against the Nazis,…

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The “King of the Cats”: Paul Muldoon on the Life and Work of W. B. Yeats

Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer, William Butler (W. B.) Yeats (1865–1939), is considered to this day as one of the greatest…

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John Keats: A New Life

John Keats by Nicholas Roe John Keats: A Literary Life, by R.S. White John Keats (Bloom’s Modern Critical Views), ed. By…

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Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years

How can you fit a complex life into a single book? Some biographies are so replete with research and sometimes…

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Reading Desire: In Pursuit of Ernest Hemingway

To understand the title of Debra Moddelmog’s 1999 book Reading Desire: In Pursuit of Ernest Hemingway is to anticipate the…

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Vanessa and Her Sister

Though Virginia Woolf was a talented, iconic writer, she was also mentally ill and, at times, bizarre. It would have…

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James Flannery: W. B. Yeats’ Poetry Is A “Dialogue Of Self And Soul”

  Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer, William Butler (W. B.) Yeats (1865–1939), is considered to this day as one of the…

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