Latest from Michael Dirda
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
Another new masterwork of scholarship is also available: G. Thomas Tanselle’s “Descriptive Bibliography.”
  • Jul 8, 2020
Michael Dirda is taking a vacation next month, and he’s already getting his to-be-read pile in order.
  • Jul 1, 2020
Joseph O’Connor, author of “Star of the Sea,” has written another gorgeous historical novel.
  • Jun 24, 2020