Their history informs fantastical myths and legends, while American tales tend to focus on moral realism.
From Avatar to The Wizard of Oz, Aristotle to Shakespeare, there’s one clear form that dramatic storytelling has followed since its inception.
Several novels this year starred female protagonists as flawed and interesting as literature’s most memorable male characters.
Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love
The top cookbooks and culinary histories of the year
The Blizzard, the writer’s latest novel, is the next chapter in his wildly oscillating relationship with his mother country.
And the titles their authors say they loved
The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.
The writer Kevin Barry believes that the medium’s best hope lies in the mesmerizing power of audio storytelling.
An annual award for literature’s worst coupling often forgets that any erotic scene can be cringeworthy out of context.
The Paris Review editor discusses why the best stories ask more questions then they answer.
Removing the author’s image from the World Fantasy Award trophy signals that the genre is able to be inclusive to writers of color.
Racking up mile after mile is difficult, mind-expanding, and hypnotic—just like putting words down on a page.
“The Field of Honor,” written in France during the first World War, considers the fate of the home front.
Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes’s new memoir, talks about the year that turned a writer and role model into, finally, a star.
In the literary world, talent isn’t hiding. It’s being ignored.
Ada Calhoun’s new book analyzes the gritty, bohemian history—and the yuppified present—of one of New York’s most infamous streets.
The corporate behemoth just opened a brick-and-mortar store in Seattle—a retail space that aims to be not just a bookseller, but a place for community.
Mary Gaitskill, author of The Mare, explains how a single moment in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina reveals its characters’ hidden selves.
A 16th-century German accountant compiled a book of personal fashion that rivals today’s Instagrammers in detail and dedication.