Paris France

Gertrude Stein’s “Paris France” is a book about Paris that tells many true things about the French but also gives a picture of Gertrude and her times that is about […]


Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh was born in 1903 to upper-middle-class Anglicans who lived in a suburb of London. He attended a boarding secondary school (Lancing College), read history at […]


At Stanford University in 2012, a young literature scholar named Natalie Phillips oversaw a big project: a new way of studying the nineteenth-century novelist Jane Austen

Lost Literature

‘Lost literature’ is an evocative phrase. One of the books which first sparked my interest in medieval literature as an undergraduate was R.M.

Dante’s Marriage

Our world was shaped by empires. Its languages, cultures, infrastructures, maps and monuments mark the movements of power across its surface.Unlike Shakespeare, who kept himself out of all his works, […]


Outside the afternoon had already grown sunless and gray as we settled into our seats in eighth-grade English class.


In the Hilton bar with me was Bradbury’s biographer, Sam Weller.
 It was the first time I’d met him, in person that is, though I felt I already knew him.

Frog and Toad

Millennials are so frequently hyped as the first digital generation that people tend to forget that we were raised first and foremost with books.

Chasing Paper

In Henry James’s novel The Portrait of a Lady, a hapless suitor named Ned Rosier courts the innocent Pansy Osmond. Rosier is best known as a lifelong collector of tiny […]

Joy Williams

I have read before, and thought too, that the characters in Joy Williams’s work don’t quite act like people.