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Doctorow and Poe

A tale of two Edgars, and the predestination of names

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Song of Myself (and My Cats)

Comment of the Week

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Enchantment

When he left the world of observance, a young San Franciscan took with him the trops for chanting Torah and applied them to the works of Walt Whitman

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The Grapes of Roth

Philip Roth’s legacy of writerly narcissism left a generation of young novelists with the wrong idea of what makes great literature

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Growing Pains: Delmore Schwartz, Forgotten Genius

The writer Delmore Schwartz is largely forgotten today, but he once captured the anxieties and hopes of the Jewish intellectuals of the 1930s and stunned his generation with his poems and short stories

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Expansive

Robert Pinsky’s career-spanning Selected Poems highlights his movement from meditative formalist to Whitmanesque bard