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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
A new kind of disenchantment has come over literature. It has to do with what you might call the working myth of the life of literature — the half-conscious way…
from the archive 50 years ago in Harper’s Magazine Literary history and the present are dark with silences: the years-long silences of acknowledged greats; the ceasing to publish after one…
By Saul Bellow, from a previously unpublished essay written in 1951 and included in There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction, edited by Benjamin Taylor and out…
New evidence of the author’s suffering, and reflections on the scholarly debate Read More
There’s a new definition of literature in town. It has been slouching toward us for some time now but may have arrived officially in 2009, with the publication of Greil…
Tracing an original edition of Solomon Northup’s narrative to a slaveholder Read More
Bernard Malamud’s three unfinished novels Read More
Romance writers, Jennifer Weiner, and the future of publishing Read More
By John Crowley, from a lecture delivered in June at MoMA PS1 as part of Triple Canopy’s Speculations (“The future is ”) series. Crowley’s article “Madame and the Masters” appeared…
Jeremy Dauber on the remarkable life and afterlife of the man who created Tevye the Dairyman Read More
The Brontë sisters’ devoirs on filial love, under the instruction of Constantin Heger Read More