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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
A connoisseur of doom whose wit refuses to die
A deferential biography of literature's Marlboro man
Nine hundred pages of criticism prove that John Updike is no air-dancing dandy
Confessional novels that give real life a bad name
The well-deserved resurrection of Jean Stafford
Norman Mailer finally gets his Egyptian novel out of his system
Awaiting the great synthesis of rock and classical music
The subject is Africa and William Boyd writes about it like Evelyn Waugh, only nicer
Muscle-bound and Manhattan-bound
Telling without kissing
The more you learn about Robert Lowell's life, the less you want to read his poems
Misty memoirs by ivy-covered nostalgiacs who should have known better
Two veteran novelists who can still bounce the bedsprings
Six hundred more pages by Joyce Carol Oates
The careers of Kenneth Tynan and Otis Ferguson