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

‘The Paying Guests,’ by Sarah Waters

‘The Paying Guests,’ by Sarah Waters

What at first seems like an E.M. Forster novel darkens into something by Dostoevsky or Patricia Highsmith.

‘Georgie & Elsa: Jorge Luis Borges and His Wife’

‘Georgie & Elsa: Jorge Luis Borges and His Wife’

Borges’s longtime translator, editor and friend offers an insider’s view of the famed Argentine writer’s life

‘The Derek Smith Omnibus,’ by Derek Howe Smith

‘The Derek Smith Omnibus,’ by Derek Howe Smith

The collection includes four stories from the Golden Age of mysteries.

Book World: ‘The Sorcery Club,’ by Elliott O’Donnell

Book World: ‘The Sorcery Club,’ by Elliott O’Donnell

A classic horror story by one of England’s most celebrated ghost-hunters is reprinted.