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  1. [+]
    Afterlives (3 Reviews)
    Trying Conclusions, by Howard Nemerov
    1. Trying Conclusions by Howard Nemerov
    2. Selected Poems by Derek Mahon
    3. Seeing Things by Seamus Heaney
    The Partisan Review, Winter 1994, pp. 176-179
  2. [+]
    The Age of Teddy (Review)
    Rebirth of a Nation, by Jackson Lears
    1. Rebirth of a Nation by Jackson Lears
    The New York Review of Books, January 14, 2010, pp. 24-27
  3. [+]
    The American Loneliness (Review)
    The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder, by Robin G. Wilder, Jackson R. Bryer, and Thor...
    1. The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder by Robin G. Wilder, Jackson R. Bryer, and Thornton Wilder, ...
    The New Republic, December 3, 2008, pp. 37-39
  4. [+]
    Coming Home (Review)
    Omeros, by Derek Walcott
    1. Omeros by Derek Walcott
    The New Republic, October 29, 1990, pp. 36-38
  5. [+]
    Covering Her Century (Review)
    Selected Letters of Martha Gellhorn, by Caroline Moorehead and Martha Gellhorn
    1. Selected Letters of Martha Gellhorn by Caroline Moorehead and Martha Gellhorn
    The New Republic, September 11, 2006, pp. 28-32
  6. [+]
    The Critter Poet (2 Reviews)
    Mountains and Rivers Without End, by Gary Snyder
    1. Mountains and Rivers Without End by Gary Snyder
    2. A Place in Space: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Watersheds by Gary Snyder
    The New Republic, March 24, 1997, pp. 38-41
  7. [+]
    Dark Darker Darkest (Review)
    The Notebooks of Robert Frost, by Robert Faggen and Robert Frost
    1. The Notebooks of Robert Frost by Robert Faggen and Robert Frost
    The New Republic, January 22, 2007, pp. 24-28
  8. Degas and the "Black World"
    Art and miscegenation in nineteenth-century New Orleans
    The New Republic, October 21, 1996, pp. 25-29
  9. Degas in New Orleans (1998)
    Encounters in the Creole World of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable
    1 Review
  10. Degas in New Orleans
    The American Scholar, Autumn 1996, pp. 579-586
  11. [+]
    The Demigod (Review)
    Flaubert: A Biography, by Frederick Brown
    1. Flaubert: A Biography by Frederick Brown
    The New Republic, May 22, 2006, pp. 37-39
  12. [+]
    Deserters (2 Reviews)
    Novels, 1920-1925, by John Dos Passos
    1. Novels, 1920-1925 by John Dos Passos
    2. Travel Books and Other Writings, 1916-1941 by John Dos Passos
    The New Republic, January 12, 2004, pp. 30-33
  13. [+]
    Dickinson's Children (2 Reviews)
    Unfinished Painting, by Mary Jo Salter
    1. Unfinished Painting by Mary Jo Salter
    2. Take Heart by Molly Peacock
    The New Republic, July 17, 1989, p. 31
  14. The Dickinsons of Amherst (2001)
    1 Review
  15. [+]
    The Ding-Dong of Doom (Review)
    One Matchless Time, by Jay Parini
    1. One Matchless Time by Jay Parini
    The New Republic, November 8, 2004, pp. 25-29
  16. The Double Life of Stephen Crane (1992)
    3 Reviews, 1 Readable
  17. [+]
    Emily's Revolution (Review)
    Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries, by Helen Vendler
    1. Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries by Helen Vendler
    The New York Review of Books, November 25, 2010, pp. 46-48
  18. [+]
    The Escape of the Collyers (Review)
    Homer and Langley, by E.L. Doctorow
    1. Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow
    The New York Review of Books, December 17, 2009, pp. 34-37
  19. Expecting
    The Paris Review, Winter 1986, p. 186
  20. [+]
    The Family Man (2 Reviews)
    James Agee, Vol. II, by Michael Sragow and James Agee
    1. James Agee, Vol. II by Michael Sragow and James Agee
    2. James Agee, Vol. I by Michael Sragow and James Agee
    The New Republic, October 31, 2005, pp. 27-30
  21. [+]
    Family Values (Review)
    History: The Home Movie, by Craig Raine
    1. History: The Home Movie by Craig Raine
    The New Republic, October 10, 1994, pp. 47-49
  22. [+]
    Flawed Perfection (2 Reviews)
    Savage Beauty, by Nancy Milford
    1. Savage Beauty by Nancy Milford
    2. What Lips My Lips Have Kissed by Daniel Mark Epstein
    The New Republic, November 5, 2001, pp. 39-41
  23. [+]
    Glamorous Pictures (Review)
    James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years, by Wayne Franklin
    1. James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years by Wayne Franklin
    The New Republic, October 8, 2007, pp. 61-63
  24. [+]
    The Hunger Artists (3 Reviews)
    Dancing in the Dark, by Morris Dickstein
    1. Dancing in the Dark by Morris Dickstein
    2. Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon
    3. American Hungers by Gavin Jones
    The New Republic, December 2, 2009, pp. 44-46
  25. [+]
    Inconstant Anderson (2 Reviews)
    Letters to Bab, by Sherwood Anderson and William A. Sutton
    1. Letters to Bab by Sherwood Anderson and William A. Sutton
    2. Kit Brandon: A Portrait by Sherwood Anderson
    The New York Review of Books, January 30, 1986, pp. 16-19
  26. [+]
    Lady in the Dark (Review)
    Emily Dickinson, by Cynthia Griffin Wolff
    1. Emily Dickinson by Cynthia Griffin Wolff
    The New York Review of Books, March 26, 1987, pp. 46-49
  27. Letters
    The New York Review of Books, June 15, 1989, pp. 58-64
  28. Letters
    The New York Review of Books, October 21, 1999, pp. 72-76
  29. [+]
    The Limits of Fun (Review)
    The Last Avant-Garde, by David Lehman
    1. The Last Avant-Garde by David Lehman
    The New Republic, January 4, 1999, pp. 37-41
  30. [+]
    Love in the Ruins (2 Reviews)
    Walker Percy: A Life, by Patrick H. Samway
    1. Walker Percy: A Life by Patrick H. Samway
    2. The Correspondence of Shelby Foote and Walker Percy by Jay Tolson, Shelby Foote, and Walker Percy
    The New Republic, September 8, 1997, pp. 41-43
  31. [+]
    Mary McCarthy's Room (Review)
    A Jury of Her Peers, by Elaine Showalter
    1. A Jury of Her Peers by Elaine Showalter
    The New York Review of Books, October 8, 2009, pp. 37-38
  32. [+]
    Meet John Smith (Review)
    Dream Song, by Paul Mariani
    1. Dream Song by Paul Mariani
    The New Republic, April 9, 1990, p. 34
  33. [+]
    Mr. Coffee and Mr. Fixit (2 Reviews)
    Raymond Carver: Collected Stories, by William L. Stull, Maureen P. Carroll, and Raymond...
    1. Raymond Carver: Collected Stories by William L. Stull, Maureen P. Carroll, and Raymond Carver, ...
    2. Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life by Carol Sklenicka
    The New Republic, March 25, 2010, pp. 28-30
  34. [+]
    The Mysterious Mythmaker of New York (Review)
    Knickerbocker, by Elizabeth L. Bradley
    1. Knickerbocker by Elizabeth L. Bradley
    The New York Review of Books, April 29, 2010, p. 51
  35. [+]
    The Mystery of Emily Dickinson (3 Reviews)
    The Poems of Emily Dickinson, by R.W. Franklin and Emily Dickinson
    1. The Poems of Emily Dickinson by R.W. Franklin and Emily Dickinson
    2. Open Me Carefully by Emily Dickinson, Ellen Louise Hart, and Martha Nell Smith, ...
    3. The Emily Dickinson Handbook by Gudrun Grabher, Roland Hagenbuchle, and Cristanne Miller, ...
    The New York Review of Books, April 8, 1999, pp. 39-44
  36. [+]
    Native American (Review)
    Writing Was Everything, by Alfred Kazin
    1. Writing Was Everything by Alfred Kazin
    The New Republic, October 9, 1995, p. 37
  37. [+]
    The Ohioan (Review)
    Above the River, by James Wright
    1. Above the River by James Wright
    The New Republic, September 3, 1990, pp. 38-40
  38. [+]
    Poet in the Sun Belt (Review)
    Randall Jarrell's Letters, by Mary Jarrell and Randall Jarrell
    1. Randall Jarrell's Letters by Mary Jarrell and Randall Jarrell
    The New York Review of Books, May 9, 1985, pp. 29-31
  39. [+]
    Portraits and Puzzles (Review)
    Flow Chart, by John Ashbery
    1. Flow Chart by John Ashbery
    The New Republic, June 17, 1991, p. 42
  40. [+]
    Questions of Travel (Review)
    Becoming a Poet, by David Kalstone and Robert Hemenway
    1. Becoming a Poet by David Kalstone and Robert Hemenway
    The New Republic, November 27, 1989, pp. 37-39
  41. [+]
    'The Real Critter' (3 Reviews)
    On Whitman, by C.K. Williams
    1. On Whitman by C.K. Williams
    2. Three American Poets by William C. Spengemann
    3. Song of Myself and Other Poems by Walt Whitman and Robert Hass
    The New York Review of Books, June 24, 2010, pp. 18-21
  42. [+]
    Rilke In America (9 Reviews)
    The Best of Rilke, by Rainer Maria Rilke
    1. The Best of Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke
    2. The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke by Stephen Mitchell and Rainer Maria Rilke
    3. Sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Maria Rilke
    4. The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke
    5. Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke
    6. The Book of Images by Rainer Maria Rilke
    7. New Poems [1907] by Rainer Maria Rilke
    8. New Poems, 1908: The Other Part by Rainer Maria Rilke
    9. The Unknown Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke
    The New Republic, January 3, 1994, pp. 31-35
  43. [+]
    A Sense of Place (3 Reviews)
    Eudora Welty: Stories, Essays and Memoir, by Richard Ford, Michael Kreyling, and Eudora...
    1. Eudora Welty: Stories, Essays and Memoir by Richard Ford, Michael Kreyling, and Eudora Welty, ...
    2. Eudora Welty: Complete Novels by Richard Ford, Michael Kreyling, and Eudora Welty, ...
    3. Eudora Welty: A Writer's Life by Ann Waldron
    The New Republic, March 8, 1999, pp. 40-45
  44. [+]
    Sex and the City (Review)
    Republic of Dreams, by Ross Wetzsteon
    1. Republic of Dreams by Ross Wetzsteon
    The New Republic, November 11, 2002, pp. 32-33
  45. [+]
    Sing for Me, Muse, the Mania (Review)
    Words in Air, by Thomas Travisano, Saskia Hamilton, and Elizabeth Bishop, ...
    1. Words in Air by Thomas Travisano, Saskia Hamilton, and Elizabeth Bishop, ...
    The New Republic, October 8, 2008, pp. 41-45
  46. [+]
    Strangely Sinister in Saratoga (Review)
    The Fall of the House of Walworth, by Geoffrey O'Brien
    1. The Fall of the House of Walworth by Geoffrey O'Brien
    The New York Review of Books, August 19, 2010, pp. 30-32
  47. A Summer of Hummingbirds (2008)
    Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Tw...
    3 Reviews
  48. [+]
    Tea with Okakura (Review)
    The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura
    1. The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
    The New York Review of Books, May 25, 2000, pp. 43-47
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    Telling It Slant (3 Reviews)
    Epistemology of the Closet, by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    1. Epistemology of the Closet by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    2. Disseminating Whitman by Michael Moon
    3. Hart Crane and the Homosexual Text by Thomas E. Yingling
    The New Republic, March 18, 1991, pp. 35-39
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    Three Ways of Looking at Thomas Eakins (3 Reviews)
    Eakins Revealed, by Henry Adams and Thomas Eakins
    1. Eakins Revealed by Henry Adams and Thomas Eakins
    2. The Revenge of Thomas Eakins by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
    3. Portrait: The Life of Thomas Eakins by William McFeely
    The New York Review of Books, March 29, 2007, pp. 29-32
  51. [+]
    Transcendental Woman (3 Reviews)
    Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, Vol. II, by Charles Capper
    1. Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, Vol. II by Charles Capper
    2. Margaret Fuller: Wandering Pilgrim by Meg McGavran Murray
    3. Fuller in Her Own Time by Joel Myerson
    The New York Review of Books, May 14, 2009, pp. 23-32
  52. Two Poems
    The Paris Review, Summer 1989, pp. 126-127
  53. Two Poems
    The Paris Review, Winter 1991, pp. 187-188
  54. [+]
    The War Between the Tates (2 Reviews)
    Allen Tate: Orphan of the South, by Thomas A. Underwood
    1. Allen Tate: Orphan of the South by Thomas A. Underwood
    2. Essays of Four Decades by Allen Tate
    The New Republic, June 4, 2001, pp. 44-50
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    The Way of Distortion (Review)
    Flannery, by Brad Gooch
    1. Flannery by Brad Gooch
    The New Republic, June 3, 2009, pp. 39-42
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