Michael Dirda

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

For the juiciest gossip on Renaissance artists, listen to Giorgio Vasari

In “The Collector of Lives,” Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney find the man behind the stories.

You’ll love this absolutely delightful sequel to ‘The Wind in the Willows’

‘The River Bank’ adds a zippy heroine — a novelist — to its cast of familiar characters.

In the golden age of spy fiction, our coolest heroes were shaken, not stirred

In “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” Mike Ripley traces the 20th-century boom in British thrillers.

Virgil’s ‘The Aeneid’ still looks strikingly contemporary

This new translation by David Ferry can be read with excitement and pleasure.