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

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.”

Michael Dirda recommends summer chillers

If you’re looking for literary shocks and shivers, check out these specialty presses.

Biography: ‘Robert A. Heinlein’

Biography: ‘Robert A. Heinlein’

The second volume of William H. Patterson’s biography of the great science fiction writer.

Joyce, ‘Ulysses’ and obscenity viewed in page-turner style

Joyce, ‘Ulysses’ and obscenity viewed in page-turner style

“The Most Dangerous Book” sees the flaws and genius in the literary icon who subverted literary censorship.