Post Tagged with:AMERICAN LITERATURE
Master of Mazes: Remembering Gene Wolfe (1931-2019)

IN MEMORIAM

Master of Mazes: Remembering Gene Wolfe (1931-2019)

By Paul Di Filippo ×

The author of "The Fifth Head of Cerebrus" and The Book of the New Sun wasn't just a Grand Master of Science Fiction, but a literary Deadalus whose inventions continue to astound.
Astounding Days: John W. Campbell and the Golden Age of Science Fiction

THE SPECULATOR

Astounding Days: John W. Campbell and the Golden Age of Science Fiction

By Paul Di Filippo ×

A new work of literary history unveils the story of how science fiction -- and much of our conception of the future -- took shape.
The B&N Podcast: Michelle Dean

B&N PODCAST

The B&N Podcast: Michelle Dean

Posted by The Barnes and Noble Review ×

On this episode, the author of "Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion" shares some of hers.
Up the Masthead

AMERICAN LITERATURE

Up the Masthead

Essay by Melissa H. Pierson ×

A writer takes a turn in Herman Melville's chair -- or the next best thing -- to find inspiration, and courage against the blankness of the page.
Leaving Walden

DAYBOOK

Leaving Walden

By Steve King ×

"I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there," wrote Henry David Thoreau.
Mary McCarthy, Natural Rebel

REDISCOVERY

Mary McCarthy, Natural Rebel

By Melissa H. Pierson ×

The genius of Mary McCarthy's fiction, writes Melissa H. Pierson, is that she let no one off the hook....
“It Is a Great Art to Saunter”

DAYBOOK

“It Is a Great Art to Saunter”

By Steve King ×

A transcendental stroll with Henry David and Ralph Waldo.
The Case of H.P. Lovecraft: Paul La Farge on “The Night Ocean”

FICTION

The Case of H.P. Lovecraft: Paul La Farge on “The Night Ocean”

A Conversation with Bill Tipper ×

In his eerie new novel, Paul La Farge spins an episode from the life of the creator of the Cthulhu mythos into a hypnotic tale of literary possession. A conversation with Bill Tipper.
Emerson’s Heirs: Joyce Carol Oates and Mary Oliver

ESSAYS

Emerson’s Heirs: Joyce Carol Oates and Mary Oliver

Essay by Melissa H. Pierson ×

Melissa Holbrook Pierson reads two new books on the writing life from Joyce Carol Oates and Mary Oliver and finds two wildly different stylists who are both "latter-day Transcendentalists."
Eliot Weinberger, To Be Continued

BEYOND CATEGORY

Eliot Weinberger, To Be Continued

Essay by Justin Taylor ×

For a road trip down America's western edge, what better companion than the boundary-pushing writer Eliot Weinberger? Essay by Justin Taylor.
Ten Thousand Towns

DAYBOOK

Ten Thousand Towns

By Steve King ×

In October 1920, Sinclair Lewis's "Main Street" was published -- and became the cornerstone of his uneasy relationship with his Midwestern home town.
American Undertow: The Stories of John O’Hara

SHORT STORIES

American Undertow: The Stories of John O’Hara

Essay by Charles Taylor ×

A new volume of short fiction from an American master highlights the writer's commitment to honesty and freedom from nostalgia. Essay by Charles Taylor.