A new book dissects Dr. Johnson’s pathologies and despair.
Our new president has a feline’s legendary nimbleness and luck—but there are downsides to being a cat.
Misery and banality in a 1950s Connecticut development—rendered with anatomical precision on the page, and now coming to the screen
V. S. Naipaul has produced works of extraordinary skill— and lived a life of equally extraordinary callousness.
The narrator of Roth’s Indignation may die off early and horribly—but it’s the reader of this adolescent work who ought to feel the most outraged.
Norman Mailer’s political journal of the summer of ‘68
Salman Rushdie’s ebullient historical novel manifests both his dexterous erudition and his bawdy wit.
The enduring, untamable appeal of Saki's short stories
In Cyril Connolly’s classic memoir, the young grow rotten before they are ripe.
A new account of Ezra Pound’s early years reveals his volatile genius—and prefigures the madness that would claim him.
A newly reissued novel evokes the charms and hatreds of a lost world—and the enduring contradictions of anti-Semitism.
Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet reveals how sex doomed the British Empire.
Arthur Schlesinger’s journals are predictably sycophantic—and surprisingly good.
Saul Bellow’s genius lay in combining the high and the low, the reflective and the active, the ivory tower and the ghetto.
In Philip Roth’s latest, the characters are treated with disregard—and the readers with something like contempt.
How Edmund Wilson made the labor of criticism into an art
Ian McEwan’s new novella evokes his homeland’s natural beauty and the straitened sexual manners of the early 1960s.
Gertrude Bell scaled the Alps, mapped Arabia, and midwifed the modern Middle East.
The turbulent life of Kingsley Amis
Clive James champions justice and common sense, with style.