Latest from Michael Dirda
  • Review
Adam Sisman‘s sprightly new book follows a 20th-century fantasist who styled himself, variously, as a professor, doctor and reverend.
  • Feb 26, 2020
  • Review
“The Lost Girls” is a group biography of love and lust among the wartime literati.
  • Feb 19, 2020
  • Review
The novel, which enters the public domain this year, is one of the pioneering works of paranormal or “time-slip” romance.
  • Feb 12, 2020
  • Review
The novel seems less shocking than strikingly woke, given that its themes include disability, sexual preference, radical politics and the subtleties of racial identity.
  • Feb 5, 2020
  • Perspective
Bestsellers are mostly ephemeral. As we go through life, some other books are worth returning to.
  • Jan 29, 2020
  • Review
Donna Rifkind’s “The Sun and Her Stars” explores the unusual career of Salka Viertel.
  • Jan 22, 2020
  • Review
Beyond the Sherlock Holmes tales, there’s “The White Company” and “Sir Nigel.”
  • Jan 15, 2020
  • Review
“Think, Write, Speak” brings together the esteemed novelist’s witty judgments and literary insights.
  • Jan 8, 2020
  • Review
Two very different books demonstrate the pitfalls of binary thinking.
  • Jan 1, 2020
  • Review
Three new collections — by D.H. Lawrence, Emmanuel Carrère and Greg Gerke — highlight the power of the form.
  • Dec 19, 2019