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Vivian Gornick

Vivian Gornick is an essayist and critic. Her next book, Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader, will be published in February.

  • FictionApril 7, 2005

    About a Boy

    Jonathan Safran Foer, wunderkind.

    Vivian Gornick

  • HistoryDecember 22, 2004

    Stanton’s Wisdom

    One afternoon in January 1892, in a packed convention hall in Washington, DC, the 76-year-old Elizabeth Cady Stanton rose from her seat to address the annual meeting of the National American Woma

    Vivian Gornick

  • Autobiography and MemoirNovember 24, 2004

    Lost in America

    In no literature in the world has the immigrant novel been more varied, more original, more persistent than in ours–and this for the most obvious of reasons.

    Vivian Gornick

  • BiographyMay 27, 2004

    Wild at Heart

    In 1947 Saul Bellow published a novel called The Victim in which a derelict character named Kirby Allbee haunts another named Asa Leventhal, claiming that Leventhal is responsible for his

    Vivian Gornick

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  • FictionJuly 17, 2003

    Charlotte’s Web

    In 1890 the American feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote a remarkable short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” about a woman–genteel, educated, with more than a casual taste for intellectual l

    Vivian Gornick