Michael Dirda
Columnist

Michael Dirda is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post Book World and the author of the memoir “An Open Book” and of four collections of essays: “Readings,” “Bound to Please,” “Book by Book,” and “Classics for Pleasure.” Dirda was born in Lorain, Ohio, graduated with highest honors in English from Oberlin College, and received a Ph.D. in comparative literature (medieval studies and European romanticism) from Cornell University.

Latest by Michael Dirda

Clive James’s ‘Last Readings’ review: A critic’s final homage to literature, life

Clive James’s ‘Last Readings’ review: A critic’s final homage to literature, life

“If you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do.”

‘The Shepherd’s Crown’ review: The final Discworld novel

‘The Shepherd’s Crown’ review: The final Discworld novel

A worthy crown to Terry Pratchett’s phenomenal artistic achievement.

‘Meanwhile There Are Letters’ review: The rich friendship of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald

‘Meanwhile There Are Letters’ review: The rich friendship of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald

Correspondence between a short story writer and a detective novelist, edited by Suzanne Marrs, Tom Nolan.

New collection of Shirley Jackson writings is best left to devoted fans

New collection of Shirley Jackson writings is best left to devoted fans

Occasionally charming, “Let Me Tell You” should not be anyone’s introduction to the writer.