Michael Dirda
Michael Dirda
Critic

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

‘Julian Hawthorne,’ by Gary Scharnhorst

‘Julian Hawthorne,’ by Gary Scharnhorst

The biography tells of the literary life of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s son.

‘The Madonna and the Starship,’ by James Morrow

‘The Madonna and the Starship,’ by James Morrow

Michael Dirda reviews a satiric novella about the golden days of science fiction television.

Dirda reviews ‘The Informed Air: Essays’ by Muriel Spark

Dirda reviews ‘The Informed Air: Essays’ by Muriel Spark

An autobiography in essays from the author best known for “The Prime of Miss Jane Brodie.”

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