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John Gross

John Gross

We know more about the life of William Shakespeare than is commonly supposed—more than we do about any other playwright of his time apart from...

The Book of Daniel The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot By Gertrude Himmelfarb Encounter, 250 pages, $25 In her novel of 1876, Daniel Deronda, George Eliot fa-mously foresaw the...

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) was a Christian. His marriage took place in a church. So did his funeral. He had been baptized as a boy...

Young Adolf The Castle in the Forest: A Novel by Norman Mailer Random House. 496 pp. $27.95. A novel about Hitler is a prospect that many readers will shrink...

Over the past generation, the flow of books about the Bloomsbury group that began in the 1960's has turned into a flood. All the major...

Anyone Setting out to write a biography of Shakespeare has to weigh two considerations against each other. On the one hand, we do not know...

The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken by Terry Teachout HarperCollins. 496 pp. $29.95 H.L. Mencken’s historical significance is beyond dispute. As the scourge of the American “booboisie”—a...

In my youth—I was born in 1935—every self-respecting Jewish family in England had at least one Uncle Morrie. My own family was no exception, but...

Bellow: A Biography by James Atlas Random House. 608 pp. $35.00 In the afterword to his new biography of Saul Bellow, James Atlas asks how much we would...

Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel by John Updike Knopf. 241 pp. $23.00 In the last of the five stories that make up Bech at Bay, John Updike describes...

T.S. Eliot’s anti-Semitism is back in the news. Over recent months there has been a spate of articles, first in Britain and then in the...

A Literary Life Edmund Wilson: A Biography. by Jeffrey Meyers. Houghton-Mifflin. 554 pp. $35.00. Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) was a central figure in the literary life of his time. In...