A sufferable snob (Features) , June 2015, 9
A new collection of Henry James's letters reveals the early development of the writer.
All in the family (Features) , April 2014, 12
On the life and work of Marianne Moore
Ore or ordure? (Books) , September 2013, 66
A review of Jack Kerouac: Collected Poems: Library of America Series Jacket by Jack Kerouac,Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell
Wilde lunch conversations (Features) , May 2012, 26
From "Remembering Hilton Kramer."
Why should we read Joyce Cary? (Features) , May 1993, 9
Shorter notice (Books) , May 1993, 78
Of Delmore Schwartz & James Laughlin: Selected Letters edited by Robert Phillips.
The world & Peter Taylor (Features) , April 1993, 31
On The Oracle at Stoneleigh Court & earlier story collections.
Literature & revolution (Fiction Chronicle) , December 1992, 51
On Leviathan by Paul Auster, The Porcupine by Julian Barnes & other recent novels.
Membership & memory (Books) , November 1992, 71
A review of Fidelity by Wendell Berry.
The living & the dead (Fiction Chronicle) , June 1992, 63
On The Living by Annie Dillard & Paradise News by David Lodge.
Shorter notice (Books) , June 1992, 84
Of James Longenbach's Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things.
All that jazz (Features) , May 1992, 10
On Toni Morrison.
Geniuses all the time (Books) , April 1992, 60
A review of The Portable Beat Reader edited by Anne Charters.
A small, still voice: the novels of Penelope Fitzgerald (Features) , March 1992, 33
Big & bad (Fiction Chronicle) , January 1992, 58
On Norman Mailer's Harlot's Ghost.
Shorter notice (Books) , December 1991, 81
Of The Drummer of the Eleventh North Devonshire Fusiliers by Guy Davenport.
Columbia's assault on the American novel (Features) , December 1991, 20
The career of James Baldwin (Features) , November 1991, 16
Shorter notice (Books) , November 1991, 77
On the journals of John Cheever.
Literary life in the 1990s (Features) , September 1991, 53
The Luther of science? (Features) , June 1991, 30
On The Alchymist’s Journal & other works by Evan S. Connell.
Notes from the surface (Books) , April 1991, 56
A review of American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.
Sylvia Plath and the poetry of confession (Features) , February 1991, 18
Donald Barthelme and “la vie quotidienne” (Features) , January 1991, 22
Shorter notice (Books) , January 1991, 82
Of Continual Lessons: The Journals of Glenway Wescott 1937-1955 edited by Robert Phelps & Jerry Rosco.
Formal poetry in the land of the free (Features) , November 1990, 41
On Timothy Steele’s Missing Measures & related matters.
A proliferation of Rabbits (Features) , October 1990, 39
On the “Rabbit” novels of John Updike.
Shorter notice (Books) , October 1990, 81
Of American Poetry: Wildness & Domesticity by Robert Bly.
Willa Cather's uncommon art (Features) , September 1990, 44
Shorter notice (Books) , September 1990, 76
Of Sur Plusiers Beaux Sujects: Wallace Stevens’ Commonplace Book edited by Milton J. Bates.
The enigma of Randall Jarrell (Features) , May 1990, 30
Hungering for eternity: Coleridge the poet (Features) , April 1990, 20
Where’s that rainbow? (Books) , February 1990, 70
A review of Vineland by Thomas Pynchon.
The idea man (Books) , January 1990, 69
A review of A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes.
Dispossession, dreams, delusions: the poetry of John Berryman (Features) , December 1989, 19
Graham Greene: the politics (Features) , November 1989, 34
Graham Greene: the Catholic novels (Features) , October 1989, 24
“Baseless dreaming”: the novels of Graham Greene (Features) , September 1989, 17
The mild-mannered humanist (Features) , June 1989, 30
On The Pleasures of Reading by Robert Alter.
States of grace: the novels of William Maxwell (Features) , May 1989, 26
Doubles and more doubles (Books) , April 1989, 67
A review of Moon Palace by Paul Auster & Latecomers by Anita Brookner.
I.A. Richards: critic as scientist (Features) , March 1989, 29
The art of Ford Madox Ford (Features) , March 1989, 30
Conrad Aiken’s pilgrimage (Features) , February 1989, 24
Under the aspect of eternity: the fiction of Flannery O’Connor (Features) , January 1989, 35
A genius for publicity (Books) , December 1988, 58
A review of Stories in an Almost Classical Mode by Harold Brodkey.
Jean Stafford’s triumph (Books) , November 1988, 61
A review of Jean Stafford: A Biography by David Roberts.
Léonie Adams, poet (Features) , October 1988, 21
Grand Central Station, 20 December 1987 (Poems) , October 1988, 41
The poetic legacy of William Carlos Williams (Features) , September 1988, 14
Nature boy: the novels of Peter Matthiessen (Features) , June 1988, 32
Salinger redux (Notebook) , June 1988, 92
On Ian Hamilton’s attempted biography of J. D. Salinger.
RLS meets TLS (Books) , April 1988, 81
A review of The Lantern-Bearers & Other Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson, edited by Jeremy Treglown.
“Voices and Visions” on PBS (Features) , March 1988, 11
Hugh Kenner: a sinking oeuvre (Books) , February 1988, 63
A review of A Sinking Island by Hugh Kenner.
Wordsworth on Forty-second Street (Features) , January 1988, 27
On William Wordsworth & the Age of English Romanticism at the New York Public Library.
Passage to India: the career of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (Features) , December 1987, 5
The passing of an elegist (Features) , November 1987, 35
A tribute to Howard Moss, 1922–1987.
Reading Denis Donoghue (Features) , October 1987, 28
Talking heads: the novels of Saul Bellow (Features) , September 1987, 8
Tinsel talk (Books) , June 1987, 77
A review of Larry McMurtry's Film Flam.
Glenway Wescott 1901-1987 (Features) , May 1987, 36
John Fowles and his big ideas (Books) , April 1987, 21
What is “modern” poetry? (Features) , March 1987, 28
A review of A History of Modern Poetry by David Perkins.
Martin Amis on America (Features) , February 1987, 20
A review of The Moronic Inferno by Martin Amis.
The audacity of Emily Dickinson (Features) , January 1987, 7
“The Story of English” on PBS (Features) , December 1986, 1
All in the family (Fiction Chronicle) , November 1986, 67
On The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt, The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich & other recent American fiction.
A critic’s obligations (Books) , October 1986, 75
A review of Obbligati: Essays in Criticism by Anthony Hecht.
Salinger’s arrested development (Features) , September 1986, 34
True Confessions (Fiction Chronicle) , June 1986, 78
On The Good Mother by Sue Miller & other recent American works.
Pushkin by the Bay (Books) , May 1986, 77
A review of The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth.
Dylan Thomas: the poet in his letters (Features) , April 1986, 8
Getting Stoned (Books) , March 1986, 65
A review of Children of Light by Robert Stone.
The fictive music of Wallace Stevens (Features) , February 1986, 26
“My dear, dear Sister”: the life of Dorothy Wordsworth (Features) , January 1986, 26
Dave Smith’s “creative writing” (Features) , December 1985, 27
Hemingway’s prelude to Paris (Features) , October 1985, 34
On Along with Youth: Hemingway, the Early Years by Peter Griffin.
Doris Lessing: on the road to “The Good Terrorist” (Features) , September 1985, 4
Diminishing fictions: four decades of the novel (Features) , August 1985
From a special issue printed in the Summer of 1985 entitiled "The Arts in America: 1945-1985." Issue includes special essays by Hilton Kramer, Bruce Bawer, Samuel Lipman, and Robert Richman.
Capote’s children (Features) , June 1985, 39
Louise Bogan’s angry solitude (Features) , May 1985, 25
Don DeLillo’s America (Features) , April 1985, 34
A review of White Noise.
Obsessed with poetry (Books) , March 1985, 65
On Delmore Schwartz and Randall Jarrell.
The phenomenon of Allen Ginsberg (Features) , February 1985, 1
The Eliot riddle (Books) , January 1985, 55
A review of Peter Ackroyd’s T. S. Eliot: A Life.
Guy Davenport: fiction à la Fourier (Features) , December 1984, 8
John Hawkes’s fan club (Books) , November 1984, 70
A review of Humors of Blood & Skin: A John Hawkes Reader.
The “Pushcart Prize” story (Features) , October 1984, 26
On Bill Henderson and the Pushcart Press.
“A certain air of seriousness” (Notes & Comments) , September 1984, 88
On the PBS book–discussion series First Edition.
A summoning of spirits: James Merrill and “Sandover” (Features) , June 1984, 35
The novel in the academy: a paean to perplexity (Features) , May 1984, 20
On American Fictions 1940-1980 by Frederick R. Karl.
Acts of reverence (Books) , April 1984, 90
A review of The Collected Prose of Elizabeth Bishop, edited by Robert Giroux.
H.D.: the mother of us all? (Books) , March 1984, 63
Derrida’s dullards, Woolf’s womyn (Features) , February 1984, 12
The art of the story (Books) , December 1983, 76
A review of The Letters of John Middleton Murry to Katherine Mansfield edited by C. A. Hankin.
A naked Wolfe (Books) , November 1983, 77
A review of The Autobiography of an American Novelist by Thomas Wolfe.