Latest from Michael Dirda
Tocqueville’s masterpiece is a reminder of the strengths and weaknesses of the American political experiment.
  • Oct 14, 2020
Escape again into the worlds created by George R.R. Martin, Ray Bradbury, Lewis Carroll and more.
  • Oct 6, 2020
I suppose I knew a greenhouse wasn’t the ideal place for some of my most treasured possessions.
  • Sep 30, 2020
The 1980s and ‘90s were a golden age for children’s literature. The best of the bunch feel as fresh as ever.
  • Aug 26, 2020
Edgar Rice Burroughs’s first Tarzan novels show how deeply his mythic storytelling can captivate the imagination.
  • Aug 19, 2020
Best known for “The Blue Fairy Book,” Lang was an astonishingly productive and pivotal figure in late 19th-century English literature.
  • Aug 12, 2020
Honkaku mysteries emphasize ingenuity above all else.
  • Aug 5, 2020
Should I keep the first edition or the fine dust jacket? Deciding what books should stay or go is more art than science.
  • Jul 29, 2020
Mary Ellen Peacock Meredith may not have been famous, but Diane Johnson’s 1972 biography of the tragic figure is well worth your time.
  • Jul 22, 2020
Russell may no longer be a household name, but his novels — popular in the later Victorian era — are worth revisiting.
  • Jul 15, 2020