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 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.

‘Agostino,’ by Alberto Moravia

‘Agostino,’ by Alberto Moravia

A classic novella by an Italian master about the loss of childhood innocence.

‘Nothing Is Impossible,’ by Edward D. Hoch

‘Nothing Is Impossible,’ by Edward D. Hoch

‘Further Problems of Dr. Sam Hawthorne,’ reviewed by Michael Dirda