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Virgil Thomson, the music critic who “managed to demystify an art that was often regarded as otherworldly”
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Gregg Sutter on Elmore Leonard’s “dialogue-driven crime novels with an emphasis on character”
Susan Cheever on Louisa May Alcott: “A writer who refused conventional ideas of women’s roles”
Dan Wakefield on Kurt Vonnegut: “If anything he was a counter-counter-culture hero”
James Shapiro on how American attitudes toward Shakespeare keep changing
Ezra Greenspan on William Wells Brown: “The most rivetingly inventive, entertaining black writer of his era”
David Rieff on how his mother, Susan Sontag, lived as “a citizen of the Republic of Letters”
Christopher Carduff on the “everyday sublime” of John Updike’s short stories
Ian Frazier on why Ring Lardner is “a major figure in twentieth-century letters”
Blake Bailey on “the versatility and breadth of achievement” of Philip Roth’s fiction and the challenge of writing his biography
Charles Baxter on the “moments in any Sherwood Anderson story that you just can’t forget”
How antislavery writings reconnect us with one of the most crucial themes in American literary history
Caroline Fraser: Why the Little House books are enjoyed by both children and adult readers
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