It is cold midwinter and the line from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Ode to the West Wind’ — “If Winter comes,...
When John Ashbery died last summer, I was reminded of the novel he co-wrote with James Schuyler, A Nest of Ninnies,...
At another time in another place, a writer complained in the preface to his novel.
Half a century ago, a competition for a first book of poems, to be judged by W.H. Auden and Stephen Spender, for...
A literary agent once said to me that a paragraph in People magazine with some trivial gossip about a writer sold...
There’s many a neglected genius in literary history. Sometimes, chance leads one to discover a work of...
REVIEWING a new play on the radio, a drama critic described it at length — a soldier returning from Afghanistan...
There may be several reasons why a writer reaches the heights of popularity, but great writing is not necessarily one of
On some of the best short story writers and how their craft is executed
John Dryden and Alexander Pope’s expressions of what constituted a great poem set an example that has been followed by
A look at the German legend of Faust and an array of artistic and literary works it has influenced throughout history
The poet whose life coincided with one of the most important periods in the history of European poetry called
On writing in a foreign language — English — and the penchant for using quotations
On the brilliance of Joseph Conrad and what his correspondence reveals about his literary struggles and writing process
Translated works of foreign-language authors open up a whole new world of literature for writers and readers alike
On the storytelling skills of the Nobel Prize-winning Russian writer
Despite his current obscurity the Uruguayan writer’s work is incomparably original and influential
A reflection on what makes the Brazilian author’s work so brilliant
On the great American poet, “a major voice” among his contemporaries
Writers are individuals whose deepest attachment is not to their country or to a sociopolitical group but to art