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Thomas L. Jeffers

Thomas L. Jeffers

Thomas L. Jeffers is the author of Norman Podhoretz: A Biography (Cambridge University Press).

When I arrived at Marquette University in the 1980s, a lively topic around the copy machine was when, and in what company, a teacher at...

When Virginia Woolf said in 1925 that “there is perhaps no person living who can remember reading David Copperfield for the first time,” she was...

The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coups by Ron Rosenbaum Random House. 601 pp. $35.00 The journalist Ron Rosenbaum is best known for his 1998 book...

At one point in the 20th century, everyone who read serious books knew that Thomas Mann was the most important German writer of the age...

The Early Stories, 1953-1975 by John Updike Knopf. 838 pp. $35.00 “There we all are and there we’ll all be forever,” sighs a mother overlooking a small Pennsylvania...

Alfred Kazin’s America: Critical and Personal Writings edited and introduced by Ted Solotaroff HarperCollins. 542 pp. $29.95 Alfred Kazin (1915-1998) was a New York intellectual—part cultural historian, part...

Robert Lowell, who died in 1977, was a public poet in the vein of such 19th-century precursors as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and Henry...

The 19th-century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard remarked that we live life forward and understand it backward. He was anticipated by William Wordsworth’s definition of poetry...

The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing by Norman Mailer Random House. 330 pp. $24.95 Norman Mailer at eighty: Aquarius in winter. Aquarius is what Mailer used to...

After Shakespeare: An Anthology edited by John Gross Oxford. 360 pp. $35.00 In Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (1814), the charming and unreformable Henry Crawford says: Shakespeare one gets acquainted...

Oscar Wilde to James McNeill Whistler: “I wish I’d said that, Jimmy.” Whistler: “Don’t worry, Oscar, you will.” As flippancies go, this is one you are not...