The Forties we thought we knew: Facing the Abyss with George Hutchinson
“She was a writer, and her subject was movies”—new documentary celebrates Pauline Kael ahead of her 100th birthday
Rick Atkinson on Cornelius Ryan’s “vivid, visceral, riveting” histories of World War II
Walt Whitman speaks!—embraces multitudes, and becomes our contemporary
“Andrew Johnson must learn”: Brenda Wineapple on our first presidential impeachment
Nation-building in a war of insurgency: Rick Atkinson on the American Revolution
John Schulian: The “deadline artists” who brought the sports pages to life
Stony the Road: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow
Liz Petry on her mother, Ann Petry: private but dedicated to service—and her art
Always Coming Home: The Ursula K. Le Guin book that breaks the novel form “wide open”
The power of Ann Petry: “the issues . . . she faces resonate with our times”
John O’Hara in the 1930s: “he habitually told Americans the truth about themselves”
James Fenimore Cooper reveals “deeply hidden truths” about the American Revolution
John Updike, Pennsylvania, and “the matter of America”
Mindy Aloff: “Most writers . . . are fascinated by dancing”
Four books—and a flawed Everyman—that made John Updike’s name as a novelist
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