In Nobel Prize Lecture, Bob Dylan Tells of His Musical and Literary Influences

Leadbelly’s music (‘changed my life’) and Moby Dick¬†(‘makes demands on you’) have been with Dylan since the beginning of his career


Melville in Jerusalem

The Moby-Dick author sought spiritual connection on an 1857 Holy Land trip. He found dust and rocks instead.


Heirs to the Throne

In a new book, Robert Alter examines the debt American literature owes to the King James Bible

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