Louis Auchincloss at 80 (Features) , October 1997, 33
A consideration of the author upon publication of his book The Atonement & Other Stories
Faulkner & modernism (Books) , September 1997, 61
A review of William Faulkner: The Making of a Modernist by Daniel J. Singal
An expert noticer (Books) , June 1997, 80
Review of The Actual by Saul Bellow
Idylls of old Newark (Books) , May 1997, 74
Review of American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Recovering Washington (Books) , April 1997, 59
Review of George Washington: Writings edited by John Rhodehamel
Melville in the try-pots (Features) , December 1996, 23
On Melville: A Biography by Laurie Robertson-Lorant & Herman Melville: A Biography, Volume I: 1819-1851 by Hershel Parker
Pride & shame: the winning of the West (Features) , October 1996, 23
On the PBS series The West directed by Stephen Ives
Mark Twain: more “tears and flapdoodle” (Features) , September 1996, 59
On Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Comprehensive Edition
The rehabilitation of Robert Frost (Books) , June 1996, 65
The drop too much: Emerson's eccentric circle (Features) , May 1996, 19
The uses of the Devil (Books) , January 1996, 74
On The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil by Andrew Delbanco
The achievement of Ralph Ellison (Features) , December 1995, 5
On the career of Ralph Ellison and The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison edited by John F. Callahan.
The achievement of Ralph Ellison (Features) , December 1995, 5
On Ellison's career and The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison edited by John F. Callahan.
Demystifying Lincoln (Books) , November 1995, 65
On Lincoln, by David Herbert Donald; Simon & Schuster, 714 pages, $35.
The sensational Miss Alcott (Features) , October 1995, 15
On Louisa May Alcott's sensational novels.
Shorter notice (Books) , June 1995, 85
Of “General Grant” by Matthew Arnold, with a Rejoinder by Mark Twain edited by John Y. Simon.
Absolute James (Books) , April 1995, 65
A review of The Father: A Life of Henry James, Sr. by Alfred Habegger.
Steinbeck remembered (Features) , March 1995, 22
On Jay Parini’s biography of John Steinbeck & the volume of Steinbeck’s early fiction in the Library of America.
Margaret Fuller, the American Minerva (Features) , February 1995, 24
On recent biographies & critical studies of Fuller.
F. Scott Fitzgerald & the magical glory (Features) , November 1994, 24
On recent biographies & critical studies of Fitzgerald.
William Arrowsmith: a recollection (Notebook) , June 1994, 85
The many lives of Frederick Douglass (Features) , February 1994, 16
Wharton redux? (Notebook) , November 1993, 89
On the Edith Wharton revival.
Through a glass darkly (Books) , June 1993, 65
A review of A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki.
Back to the Sixties with Spindoctor Graff (Features) , March 1993, 28
On Beyond the Culture Wars by Gerald Graff.
Hemingway unbound (Features) , December 1992, 23
On Hemingway: A Life without Consequences by James R. Mellow.
Twain's brevities (Books) , November 1992, 65
A review of Mark Twain: Collected Tales edited by Louis J. Budd.
William Dean Howells & the practice of criticism (Features) , June 1992, 28
Shorter notice (Books) , April 1992, 74
Of The Reader's Companion to American History edited by Eric Foner & John A. Garraty.
Arrogance and the canons of historical scholarship (Books) , December 1991, 66
A review of The Arrogance of Faith: Christianity & Race in America from the Colonial Era to the 20th Century by Forrest G. Wood.
Simon Schama, Francis Parkman, and the writing of history (Features) , September 1991, 39
Shorter notice (Books) , June 1991, 72
Of The Man Who Was Mark Twain by Guy Cardwell.
A solitary soul: the career of Kate Chopin (Features) , April 1991, 12
Quisling criticism: the case of Paul de Man (Books) , April 1991, 50
A review of Signs of the Times: Deconstruction & the Fall of Paul de Man by David Lehman.
Lincoln's generals: Sherman and Grant in their memoirs (Books) , October 1990, 63
A review of The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman edited by Charles Royster & Ulysses S. Grant: Memoirs & Selected Letters edited by Mary Drake McFeely & William S. McFeely.
Finessing the Five of Hearts (Books) , June 1990, 72
A review of The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams & His Friends, 1880-1918 by Patricia O’Toole.
Fictions & fabrications in autobiography today (Features) , March 1990, 32
Duplicity in Sussex (Books) , December 1989, 66
A review of A Ring of Conspirators: Henry James & His Literary Circle, 1895-1915 by Miranda Seymour.
Puritanism with a human face (Books) , September 1989, 69
A review of The Puritan Ordeal by Andrew Delbanco.
Politics and art in the criticism of F. O. Matthiessen (Features) , June 1989, 4
The feminist takeover of Edith Wharton (Features) , March 1989, 6
Becoming a literary cuss (Books) , October 1988, 72
A review of Mark Twain’s Letters, Vol. I: 1853-1866 edited by Edgar Marquess Branch, et al.
“A runaway dog like me”: Stephen Crane in his letters (Features) , June 1988, 49
Sherwood Anderson: a room of his own (Books) , December 1987, 67
A review of Sherwood Anderson: A Biography by Kim Townsend.
Mr. Kazin: Have you no sense of decency, sir? (Notebook) , December 1987, 86
On Alfred Kazin’s attack on neoconservative intellectuals in Dissent.
The trials of Edgar Allan Poe (Features) , November 1987, 17
The androgynous Papa Hemingway (Books) , October 1987, 67
A review of Hemingway by Kenneth S. Lynn.
Literary free play at Rutgers (Books) , June 1987, 63
A review of The Renewal of Literature by Richard Poirier.
American writers and the British muse (Books) , April 1987, 69
A review of Atlantic Double-Cross by Robert Weisbuch.
Rewriting American literary history (Letters) , March 1987, 81
Edmund Wilson: the author at sixty (Books) , January 1987, 63
Rewriting the history of American literature (Features) , November 1986, 1
On the work of Lawrence Buell & Sacvan Bercovitch.
The consolations of Emerson (Books) , April 1986, 68
A review of The American Newness by Irving Howe.
René Wellek: the theorist as historian (Books) , February 1986, 64
A review of A History of Modern Criticism, Vol. 5 & Vol. 6.
What is “humanism"? (Books) , November 1985, 75
A review of Irving Babbitt: An Intellectual Study by Thomas R. Nevin.
The adventures of Martin Green (Features) , May 1985, 7
A review of The Great American Adventure by Martin Green.
American literary radicalism in the Twenties (Features) , March 1985, 16
Hawthorne’s “secret” (Books) , January 1985, 66
A review of Hawthorne’s Secret by Philip Young.
The American Corinne (Books) , December 1984, 68
A review of The Letters of Margaret Fuller, edited by Robert N. Hudspeth.