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Elmore Leonard: John Steinbeck “set me free”
Lauren Groff on the “profound generosity” of James Salter
J. Courtney Sullivan on whom she re-reads: W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Jane Smiley, Richard Yates
Lev Grossman on Ernest Hemingway, verbal membrane, and The Sun Also Rises
Deborah Baker on Lafcadio Hearn and “the Orient at home”
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Arthur Phillips probes the “seamless circle” of Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire
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