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Terry Teachout's new biography of Louis Armstrong is stuck in the discophile groove.

The axis of moral struggle, a stroke of salvation--these are the spiritual dimensions of Tolstoy's late fiction.

Who is the purest archetype of the conservative legal movement, Antonin Scalia or John Roberts?

The novelist Dominique Fernandez struggles to understand his father's years as a Nazi collaborator.

Thelonious Monk was a more nuanced figure than the flimsy characterization of a way-out jazz cat could ever convey.

T.J. Stiles's The First Tycoon is a gilded portrait of the robber baron Cornelius Vanderbilt.

Gustav Mahler's embrace of Germanness and battles with anti-Semitism.

A Life in Letters as chronicled by the determinedly elusive Graham Greene.

Writing a biography of the mind of Shakespeare is a challenge that requires the ingenuity of an artist.

Unraveling the Kafkaesque mystique of Franz Kafka.


 A look back on John Lennon's New York years.

November 22, 2010