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Book Review: The Crimes of Elagabalus

March 29th, 2012

A solid, enjoyable new biography of one of ancient Rome’s most notorious gay teen-emperors!

CD of the Week – Elgar’s Cello Concerto

March 28th, 2012

Norman Lebrecht spotlights a striking new recording of a piece that has eluded musicians for years, Edward Elgar’s cello concerto

Book Review: The Last Pre-Raphaelite

March 23rd, 2012
the last pre-raphaelite

A big new biography of Edward Burne-Jones, whose vivid and dreamlike artwork caught the sentimentality of his time and shaped it to immortal perfection.

CD of the Week – Brahms performed by friends and colleagues

March 21st, 2012

Arbiter Records gathers together some remarkable archival rarities of Brahms recordings. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

New Edition: The Barnes & Noble King James Bible

March 20th, 2012
resurrection of lazarus

A gorgeous new edition of the King James Bible arrives on bookshelves, packed with illustrations by Gustave Dore and, of course, some of the most beautiful poetry in the English language

Book Review: Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes

March 18th, 2012
heaven cracks earth shakes

A perceptive new study of the effects a cataclysmic earthquake had on a tottering regime in China

Book Review: The Forest Unseen

March 17th, 2012
the forest unseen – march 2012

An enchantingly small focus creates a modern-day masterpiece of natural history

Book Review: Restless in the Grave

March 16th, 2012
restless in the grave – march 2012

The latest Kate Shugak murder mystery features small town Alaska, bush pilot sabotage, and one heck of a sexy state trooper!

Book Review: Tutankhamen

March 15th, 2012

Any new study of Tutankhamen faces an array of obstacles – some more familiar than others.

CD of the Week – Erik Chisholm: Piano Concertos 1 & 2

March 14th, 2012

Acquaint yourself with newly recorded Piano Concertos from the talented, eclectic, and little-known Scottish composer Erik Chisholm

Now in Paperback: The Hemlock Cup

March 12th, 2012
hemlock cup tp

Now in paperback: one of the best books ever written about the life and times of Socrates

Book Review: The Inquisitor

March 11th, 2012
the inquisitor

A new thriller features an implacable torturer-for-hire as its problematic protagonist.

Book Review: The Lost History of 1914

March 10th, 2012
the lost history of 1914

A new look at the outbreak of World War I reminds readers of the individual people involved – and presents some intriguing might-have-beens.

In Theaters: John Carter

March 8th, 2012
john carter of mars mm

The new movie “John Carter” has spawned a dozen reprints of the original Edgar Rice Burroughs stories – including the official Disney tie-in featuring both the screenplay novelization and the debut ERB novel

CD of the Week – Renée Fleming: Poèmes

March 7th, 2012

Renée Fleming sings “sensual French masterpieces” on a new album from Decca–but are the results as evocative as the billing?

Now in Paperback: A Princess of Mars

March 6th, 2012
this you gotta see

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ debut John Carter novel, “A Princess of Mars,” gets a vivid new comic book adaptation

Now in Paperback: The View From Lazy Point

March 5th, 2012

A paperback reprint of a modern nature classic

Now in Paperback: DC Universe Legacies

March 4th, 2012

A new paperback edition of the once-definitive history of DC superheroes

Breitbart at Rest

March 3rd, 2012

Andrew Breitbart, the brash, conservative media warrior, died a few days ago. He was by all accounts a wonderful husband, father, and friend – but should that matter?

Book Review: Reading for My Life

March 1st, 2012
reading for my life – feb 2012

A new anthology samples from a lifetime’s publications of a beloved critic

Book Review: History of a Pleasure Seeker

March 1st, 2012
history of a pleasure seeker

In Richard Mason’s latest novel, a handsome, articulate young man takes a job with a wealthy family as tutor for their troubled son

Cato of the Antipodes

March 1st, 2012
Cato of the Antipodes

Of his 60+ books, one in particular, The United States, is best representative of his work as a whole and, by readers, best loved. On the Collected Essays of Gore Vidal.

Abandonment, Richness, Surprise

March 1st, 2012

Impressionistic, idiosyncratic, unsubstantiated: Virginia Woolf’s literary essays challenge us to rethink, not just our experience of reading, but our expectations of criticism itself.

Shore to Shore

March 1st, 2012

For two generations, the great American critic and man of letters Edmund Wilson has been instructing and delighting his readers – and inspiring some of them to become critics themselves.

Queen Elizabeth the First

March 1st, 2012

Elizabeth Hardwick joined the literary world of mid-20th century Manhattan with every intention of making her mark upon it – which she did, in review after inimitable review, taking American book-discourse to levels and places it had never reached before

The Tigers of Wrath

March 1st, 2012

Where would Lionel Trilling, godfather of the liberal imagination, fit into our contemporary culture of ideas? And how much of that culture is of his making?

The Knower and the Sayer

March 1st, 2012

Most criticism is reactive, but in his essay “The Poet,” Ralph Waldo Emerson proved prophetic. He set a challenge and Walt Whitman took him up on it.


March 1st, 2012

a poem

Acts of Rendition

March 1st, 2012

Richard Poirier was one of the great bridge-builders–his sorely neglected classic A World Elsewhere drew upon the writing of Emerson but presciently anticipated the postmodernist ideas that would soon enter the mainstream.

How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lane

March 1st, 2012

The best of Anthony Lane’s many New Yorker reviews and essays were collected in Nobody’s Perfect, a big volume that amply displays this writer’s wit and subtlety.

A Talent for Deception

March 1st, 2012

Agatha Christie has received praise from wide and varied corners, and mystery columnist Irma Heldman adds to the chorus with this retrospective on the life and work of the Queen of Crime.

March 2012 Issue

March 1st, 2012
Five Years