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Biography


  • September 14, 2016

    A Lion in Winter

    Jürgen Habermas remains an indispensable guide to the unfinished project of democratic consciousness and enlightenment.

    Peter E. Gordon

  • September 6, 2016

    Several Types of William Empson

    A lost study of Buddhist art reveals a hidden side of a great literary critic.

    Chenxin Jiang

  • September 1, 2016

    Notes From Many Years

    Helen Gurley Brown’s ideas about women were often as retrograde as the ones she claimed to fight. Why is she still appealing?

    Madeleine Schwartz

  • July 29, 2016

    What Breeds in ‘Standing Water’

    Eleanor Chai’s poems require delving below the surface of each compact, enjambment-packed stanza, forcing the reader through a process of discovery not unlike Chai’s own origin story.

    Larissa Pham

  • July 21, 2016

    Across the Border

    A new biography of William Henry Ellis reminds us how much we still don’t know about the elusive history of racial subterfuge in America.

    Michael A. Elliott

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  • July 6, 2016

    Svetlana Alexievich’s Voices

    At a time when populism is in vogue, the Nobel Laureate has gone in the opposite direction. We need to read her and listen to the people she hears.

    John Palattella

  • April 20, 2016

    Hume’s Call to Action

    For philosophy to be effective, it has to understand the world in which it operates. David Hume brought history and politics to the realm of ideas.

    Richard Bourke

  • March 24, 2016

    Joseph Brodsky, Darker and Brighter

    A spellbinding new biography rescues the poet from sentimentality and kitsch.

    Cynthia Haven

  • March 10, 2016

    Margaret Thatcher’s Fogeyism

    Charles Moore, the prime minister’s authorized biographer, believes the successes of Thatcherism to be self-evident, and he frequently lets his biases show.

    K. Biswas

  • March 3, 2016

    Ms. Grief

    Out of two new books, Constance Fenimore Woolson emerges as a figure of some dimension in her own right.

    Vivian Gornick