Florenz Ziegfeld and beauty contestants (ca. 1925)

Really Big Show

The Broadway impresario’s ‘maelstrom of mirth.’

Sep 7, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 48 • By WILLIAM H. PRITCHARD



Saul Bellow (1962)

On His Way

The irresistible rise of Saul Bellow.

May 25, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 35


A Literary Life

Learning to read, to write, to teach.

Apr 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 30

Mary Stuart, Lynn Loring, Karl Weber in ‘Search for Tomorrow’ (1955)

One Man’s Meat

Finding sustenance in the afternoon serials

Mar 9, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 25

The writer as celebrity, and vice versa

Stormin’ Norman

The writer as celebrity, and vice versa

Dec 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14

Edward St. Aubyn

The Jaundiced Eye

An English satirical talent hits his stride

Nov 17, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 10

Symmes Gate, Williams College

Learn and Live

Doth this ex-Ivy Leaguer protest too much?

Sep 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01

Duke Ellington (seated) and the band (ca. 1940)

Take the ‘E’ Train

A definitive life of the great American composer.

May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35

katherine messenger

Updike’s Story

Apr 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30

Jack Oakie, Loretta Young, Clark Gable in ‘The Call of the Wild’ (1935)

The Ice Palace

Jack London’s thousand words a day.

Jan 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19

Toscanini in action, 1944

A Complete Maestro

The Indian summer of the Great Conductor on 85 discs.

Nov 11, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 09

John Updike, 1994

Teller of Tales

The definitive Updike, in two volumes.

Oct 21, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 07

Helen and Anthony Hecht at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, ca. 1997

Formal Address

The correspondence of Anthony Hecht.

May 27, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 35

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in 'Mr. and Mrs. Bridge' (1990)

Portrait of a Lady

A second look at Evan S. Connell's domestic masterpiece.

Feb 25, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 23

Inside the offices of Faber & Gwyer, London, 1926

Sincerely, Young Possum

T. S. Eliot on the threshold of eminence.

Dec 31, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 16

Engaged in Recitation

Reason for Rhyme

The lost art of memorizing (and reciting) verse.

Dec 3, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 12

Richard Nixon awards Duke Ellington the Medal of Freedom at the White House, 196

The Hit Parade

Why these melodies linger on.

Sep 10, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 48

Philip Larkin and his ‘muse and mistress,’ Monica Jones

Philip the Great

A distinguished poet gets the full treatment.

Jun 25, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 39

Photo of Jeremy Northam and Uma Thurman in ‘The Golden Bowl’

The Master’s Voices

Henry James gets the scholarly treatment.

Mar 26, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 27

Photo of Charles Dickens Writing at a Desk

Charles the Great

Dickens and the art of fiction.

Oct 17, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 05

Noah Webster

Webster’s First

The pioneer who discovered the American language.

Jun 27, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 39

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