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

An insider’s tale of how biography works: ‘This Long Pursuit,’ by Richard Holmes

The eminent biographer offers a master class on the art and science of telling a life story.

‘African Kaiser’: A sweeping military history that reads like a novel

The Great War, as seen through the story of the last undefeated German commander in Africa.

The unconventional life of Angela Carter — prolific author, reluctant feminist

A new biography delves deep into the forces that shaped one of the 20th century’s most accomplished — and enigmatic — writers

Michael Dirda on the evolution of science fiction

Celebrating the women — and other pioneers — in ‘Sisters of Tomorrow’ and ‘Scientific Romance’