The case for Aubrey & Maturin
In continuing to tinker with the universe she built eight years after it ended, J.K. Rowling might be falling into the same trap as Star Wars’s George Lucas.
The success of the author's Neapolitan novels—and the mystery surrounding their author—have shone an unexpected spotlight on Ann Goldstein, the New Yorker editor who's translated them into English.
The novelist Angela Flournoy discusses how Zora Neale Hurston helped her imagine characters and experiences alien to her.
Her bizarre, challenging, and dazzling writing has become integral to the Brazilian literary canon, and has attracted a small but fierce cult following around the world.
The Egyptian writer and activist Alaa Al Aswany explains how one word in Dostoyevsky’s novel The House of the Dead showed him how literature can help us understand one another.
A new literary genre that focuses on the consequences of environmental issues is striking a chord with younger generations—and engaging them in thinking about the Earth’s sustainability.
The author Jesse Ball discusses Lewis Carroll's ‘Jabberwocky’ and how precise prose doesn’t always make for powerful work.
Writing used to be a solitary profession. How did it become so interminably social?
The authors in the running for Britain's most prestigious literary award come from seven countries and include seven women writers.
The author Mary-Beth Hughes discusses how Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel The Blue Flower showed her that words can dance.
The novelist beautifully captured bygone eras despite an often cavalier attitude toward accuracy.
Jean Louise Finch is a flawed but compelling heroine who attempts to unravel both her father’s appalling views and her own, less obvious, prejudice. She alone makes Harper Lee’s second novel worthwhile reading.
Maurice Crain was a literary agent, a Southerner, and a personal friend to the reclusive author. And, as I learned from his letters to my grandfather, he was a champion for writers in the 1960s whose small-town settings were falling out of fashion.
Highlights from seven days of reading about entertainment
The first chapter of Go Set a Watchman suggests that Jean Louise Finch is a very modern heroine.
The author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses how his novel The Sympathizer is the product of decades of enjoying other works.
The executive producer of Masterpiece says Jane Austen works a lot better on screen than Hemingway does.
What to read about the long-forgotten elegance of flight, the under-appreciated economic potential of America, and the perhaps-fixable corruption of politics
A library and a photography exhibit that won’t open for 100 years are redefining “slow art” by challenging people to think about the world beyond their own lifetimes.