Topic: “American Literature”
Features April 1993
Henry James & the life of art
On the contrasting views of James by different biographers.
Books June 1992
The dynamics of destruction
A review of Ann Hulbert’s biography of Jean Stafford.
Books March 1992
Our woman in Europe
A review of These Sad But Glorious Days by Margaret Fuller.
Features September 1991
Literary life in the 1990s
On writers and readers in an “Age of Sensitivity.”
Features February 1991
Sylvia Plath and the poetry of confession
On Sylvia Plath’s poetry.
Features November 1990
Selling Henry James
On teaching James to undergraduates at Northwestern University.
Features February 1988
Tom Wolfe’s vanities
On The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe.
Features January 1988
Special effects, special pleading
On Beloved & earlier novels by Toni Morrison.
Features October 1987
Seven hundred pretty good books
On the Book-of-the-Month Club at age sixty.