Latest from Michael Dirda

Leo Damrosch’s biography seamlessly mixes learned exposition with striking factoids and observations.

  • Apr 17, 2019

Six books for those who like to read about books

  • Apr 10, 2019

How Charles Mackay’s “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” illuminates human folly

  • Apr 3, 2019

Boris Fishman’s ‘Savage Feast’ follows a colorful clan — and its meals — across three generations

  • Mar 27, 2019

Katy Butler’s “The Art of Dying Well” is a no-nonsense guide to the inevitable.

  • Mar 20, 2019

“The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books” recounts a festinating tale of the Renaissance collector.

  • Mar 13, 2019

“The Worst Journey in the World,” by Apsley Cherry-Garrard is the ultimate cold-weather adventure tale.

  • Feb 20, 2019

Mary Cadogan’s “And Then Their Hearts Stood Still” is a racy study of the alpha male (in novels).

  • Feb 13, 2019

Works by Willa Cather, Aldous Huxley, E.E. Cummings are among many that entered the public domain this year.

  • Feb 6, 2019

Not only was he one of the greatest of all writers of science fiction and fantasy, he also was one of the most beloved.

  • Jun 6, 2012
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