| Dec 19, 2010
The Complete Series
2 volume, boxed set
Library of America, $70
There are writers whose books are stacked on my nightstand: G.K. Chesterton, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Babington Macaulay — writers whom I spend half an hour...
| Jul 11, 2010
The Man Who Wrote 'Lord of the Flies': A Life
Free Press: 574 pp., $32.50
William Golding, the writer, has been a subject for study: reviews and critical essays, a bibliography and more than 100 books about the books....
| Aug 1, 2010
A Brother's Memoir
Mikhail Chekhov, translated from the Russian by Eugene Alper
Palgrave Macmillan: 230 pp., $25
Anton Chekhov's life is well documented: When he died of consumption in 1904 at age 44, he was honored all over the world....
| Nov 11, 2010
Donald S. Kellermann, who brought a new depth to opinion polling on politics, public policy and the media as founding director of the Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press, died Tuesday of liver cancer at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 83....
| Nov 7, 2010
The Passages of H.M.
A Novel of Herman Melville
Doubleday: 454 pp., $26.95
"The time for me hasn't come yet: Some men are born posthumously," Nietzsche wrote in "Ecce Homo." It's a statement that might have provided comfort to Herman...
| Mar 31, 2011
I've always loved Robert Frost's line about home being the place where, "when you have to go there, they have to take you in." Perhaps I'm putting an overly optimistic reading on it, but the idea that even on our coldest, darkest nights, there is always a...
| Jan 8, 2012
The quietest room in Hollywood may be the office where John Williams composes. In a bungalow on the Universal Studios lot, steps from the production company of his most frequent collaborator, director Steven Spielberg, Williams works alone at a 90-year-...
| Sep 17, 2009
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Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I???ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To......
| Nov 24, 2009
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Many of our Thanksgiving traditions are slightly twisted versions of what really happened. There wasn't any turkey served; the first one was probably in Texas, not Massachusetts; Pilgrims didn't dress in black or wear tall hats. But if our myths......
| Jan 17, 2009
Andrew Wyeth, whose realistic yet often melancholy paintings of rural Pennsylvania and Maine made him one of America's most popular living artists, and whose 1948 landscape "Christina's World" was one of the 20th century's most famous artworks, died...
| Jan 25, 2009
A Life Cut Short
Nan. A Talese/Doubleday:
210 pp., $21.95
Peter Ackroyd is never less than instructive and, much of the time, incisive. This is a man of letters from, as it were, A to Z. Ackroyd is the accomplished author of more...