More on Joseph Conrad

For more on Joseph Conrad:

“Anytime Conrad sets a story on a steamship, you can be pretty sure something will go wrong. It certainly did for him.”

Maya Jasanoff, “At Sea with Joseph Conrad: Learning about life, from the age of the great sailing ships.” New York Times, August 7, 2015.


For more on J.A. Baker:

Gillian Darley, “Who was J.A. Baker?” London Review of Books blog, August 3, 2010

Robert Macfarlane, “Extreme Styles of Hunting,” The Guardian May 21, 2005

Charles Moore, “A precise and poetic paean to the peregrine,” The Telegraph, May 24, 2010

Adam Foulds, “The Book of a Lifetime: J.A. Baker’s The Peregrine,“ The Independent, 21 May, 2009

For more on J.L. Carr:

Hugh Massingberd, ”We are shown, in miniature, what it is to be English: The Last Englishman: the Life of J.L. Carr by Byron Rogers,” The Telegraph, May 29, 2003

D.J. Taylor, “Obituary: J.L. Carr,” The Independent, February 28, 1994. 

Ingrid Norton, “A Year with Short Novels: J.L. Carr’s Chance for Renewal,” Open Letters Monthly: An Arts and Literature Review.

Natasha Tripney, “A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr,” The Guardian, August 10, 2010

For more on Albert Camus:

Charles Poore, “Books of the Times,” New York Times, April 11, 1946

Ryan Bloom, “Lost in Translation: What the First Line of The Stranger Should Be,” New Yorker, May 11, 2012

Sam Anderson, “Stalking the Stranger,” New York Magazine, July 2, 2009

Josh Jones, “Albert Camus Writes a Friendly Letter to Jean-Paul Sartre Before Their Personal and Philosophical Rift,” Open Culture, October 9, 2013

Volker Hage, “Philosophical Differences: The Falling-Out of Camus and Sartre,” Spiegel, November 6, 2013

Robert Zaretsky, “A Russian Plot? No, a French Obsession,” New York Times, August 13, 2011

Kim Willsher, “Albert Camus might have been killed by the KGB for criticising the Soviet Union, claims newspaper,” The Observer, August 6, 2011

Alice Kaplan, “Camus Redux,” The Nation, February 3, 2015

For more on James Baldwin:

American Writers: James Baldwin

No Name in the Street, May 27, 1972, New York Times

C-Span video of James Baldwin

James Baldwin: The Art of Fiction, Paris Review, Spring 1984

Julius Lester, “James Baldwin, Reflections of a Maverick,” New York Times Book Review, May 27, 1984.

Sheldon Binn, “The Fire Next Time,” New York Times, Jan 31, 1963

William J. Maxwell, “Why James Baldwin’s FBI File Was 1,884 Pages,” Publishers Weekly, February 20, 2015

F.W. Dupee, “James Baldwin and the ‘Man,’” New York Review of Books, Feb. 1, 1963

For more on Italo Calvino:

“Michael Dirda reviews ‘The Complete Cosmicomics’ by Italo Calvino,” Washington Post,October 8, 2014

Ursula Le Guin, “In the Cosmos with Qfwfq,” The Guardian, June 12, 2009

“Italo Calvino, The Art of Fiction, No. 130,” interviewed by William Weaver, Damien Pettigrew, Paris Review, Fall 1992

Gore Vidal, “Fabulous Calvino,” NYRB, May 30, 1974

Jonathan Lethem, “Italo for Beginners,” New York Times, November 20, 2005

Chris Power, “A Brief Survey of the Short Story: Italo Calvino,” The Guardian, August 13, 2014

“A Brief Survey of the Short Story: Italo Calvino,” The Guardian, August 13, 2014

Gore Vidal, “On Italo Calvino,” NYRB, November 21, 1985

D.J. Enright, “Effrontery and Charm,” NYRB, November 21, 1968

What Calvino Read

For more on Maruerite Duras:

Alan Riding, “Marguerite Duras, 81, Author Who Explored Love and Sex,” NYT, March 4, 1996

Alan Riding, “Duras and Her Thoughts of Love,” NYT, March 26, 1990

Leslie Garis, “The Life and Loves of Marguerite Duras,” NYT Magazine, October 21, 1991

Edmund White, “In Love with Duras,” New York Review of Books, June 26, 2008

Deborah Levy, “Book of a Lifetime: The Lover, by Marguerite Duras, September 30, 2011

VIDEO:  ”Marguerite Duras: Worn Out with the Desire to Write” (1985)

For more on Philip Roth:

Robert Towers, “The Lesson of the Master,” NYT, 2 September, 1979

Harold Bloom, “His Long Ordeal by Laughter,” NYT, May 19, 1985

Alison Flood, “Philip Roth Predicts Novel Will Be a Minority Cult Within 25 Years,” The Guardian, Oct. 26, 2009

Claudia Roth Pierpont, “The Book of Laughter: Philip Roth and His Friends,” The New Yorker, October 7, 2013

Wyatt Mason, “In Retrospect: Wyatt Mason on Philip Roth’s ‘The Ghost Writer’, National Book Critics Circle – Critical Mass, August 18, 2010

Claudia Roth Pierpont, “Philip Roth: Obama, Old Flames, and His Favorite Novels,” The Guardian, 3 January 2014

Adam Kirsch, “Since When Is Philip Roth an Idol?” The New Republic, January 8, 2014

Michiko Kakutani, “Seeking a Moral at the End of the Tale,” New York Times, October 2, 2007

David Remnick, “Philip Roth Says Enough,” New Yorker, November 9, 2012

Tina Brown, “Philip Roth Unbound: Interview Transcript,” Daily Beast, Oct. 30, 2009

James Wood, “Parade’s End: The Many Lives of Nathan Zuckerman,” New Yorker, Oct. 15, 2007

2011 youtube interview

For more on J.R. Ackerley:

“A Dog’s Life: How a writer discovered his greatest subject,” by New Yorker, February 7, 2011

“A Passage to India: From the Annals of the Raj,” NPR’s Krishnadev Calamur on J.R. Ackerley’s Hindoo Holiday.

For more on Anita Loos:

The Modernism Lab at Yale University: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Elyse Graham.

Scroll down in this text file, and you’ll find some interesting press releases on Anita Loos, from her pre-Gentlemen Prefer Blondes days:

Contemporary reviews of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes:

Contemporary reviews of But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes:

For more on Janet Lewis:

“Janet Lewis and the Untranslatable Heart,” Los Angeles Times, Nov. 3, 1985.

Richard Stern, “Janet Lewis,” at the Virginia Quarterly Review, Summer 1993

Dick Davis, “Obituary: Janet Lewis,” at The Independent

Larry McMurtry, “The Return of Janet Lewis,” New York Review of Books, June 11, 1998

“Janet Lewis, 99, Poet of Spirit and Keeper of the Hearth, Dies,” New York Times,
Robert McG. Thomas, Jr., Dec. 5, 1998

The Poetry Foundation: Janet Loxley Lewis

“The Wife of Martin Guerre,” D.G. Myers on The Commonplace Blog

For more on William Maxwell:

  1. Charlie Rose interviews Maxwell in 1995
  2. My Favorite Poem – Maxwell discusses A.E. Housman’s translation of Horace’s ode, “Diffugere Nives”
  3. Terry Gross’ 1995 NPR interview with William Maxwell
  4. “The Wisest, Kindest Voice: A Celebration of the Work and Life of William Maxwell,” 2008 National Book Foundation video with Christopher Carduff, Benjamin Cheever, Edward Hirsch, Daniel Menaker and Stewart O’Nan
  5. “Nearing 90,” reflections from William Maxwell in 1997 New York Times Magazine article
  6. “Welty v. Maxwell on autobiography in fiction” – on Maud Newton’s blog
  7. Library of America Honors Overshadowed Writer – 2008 article on NPR, including transcript of Maxwell’s “All Things Considered” interview with Jacki Lyden


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