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  1. [+]
    Accented vernacular (Review)
    The Complete Stories, by Bernard Malamud
    1. The Complete Stories by Bernard Malamud
    The New Criterion, October 1997, pp. 71-73
  2. Anthony Powell
    The New Criterion, September 2004, pp. 10-17
  3. Artistic License (2004)
    Three Centuries of Good Writing and Bad Behavior
    1 Review
  4. [+]
    Bad marriages (Review)
    The Springs of Affection, by Maeve Brennan
    1. The Springs of Affection by Maeve Brennan
    The New Criterion, June 1998, pp. 81-84
  5. [+]
    Barbarossa's Boy (Review)
    The Navigator of New York, by Wayne Johnston
    1. The Navigator of New York by Wayne Johnston
    The Atlantic Monthly, October 2002, pp. 160-163
  6. The better James Baldwin
    The New Criterion, April 1998, pp. 29-36
  7. Books
    The blaming of Leonard Woolf (Review)
    Who's Afraid of Leonard Woolf?, by Irene Coates
    1. Who's Afraid of Leonard Woolf? by Irene Coates
    The New Criterion, December 2000, pp. 73-76
  8. [+]
    Books: O.J. on the Brain (4 Reviews)
    Another City, Not My Own, by Dominick Dunne
    1. Another City, Not My Own by Dominick Dunne
    2. Casanova: The Man Who Really Loved Women by Lydia Flem
    3. Jesus Saves by Darcey Steinke
    4. Close to the Bone by Laurie Stone
    New York Magazine, November 24, 1997, pp. 85-86
  9. [+]
    Brilliantly frivolous (Review)
    Diaries, 1939-1960, by Christopher Isherwood and Katherine Bucknell
    1. Diaries, 1939-1960 by Christopher Isherwood and Katherine Bucknell
    The New Criterion, March 1997, pp. 71-73
  10. Books
    Brownout in the City of Light (Review)
    The Collected Stories, by Mavis Gallant
    1. The Collected Stories by Mavis Gallant
    The New Criterion, December 1996, pp. 69-71
  11. Books & Arts
    A Burnt-Out Case (Review)
    A Study in Greene, by Bernard Bergonzi
    1. A Study in Greene by Bernard Bergonzi
    The Weekly Standard, December 4, 2006, pp. 35-36
  12. Capote reconsidered
    The New Criterion, November 2004, pp. 10-16
  13. [+]
    Clear, affecting, subtle (Review)
    The Rose Garden, by Maeve Brennan
    1. The Rose Garden by Maeve Brennan
    The New Criterion, February 2000, pp. 72-74
  14. [+]
    Commonsense aesthete (Review)
    Aubrey Beardsley: A Biography, by Matthew Sturgis
    1. Aubrey Beardsley: A Biography by Matthew Sturgis
    The New Criterion, February 1999, pp. 67-70
  15. Fiction chronicle
    Creating a fuhrer (2 Reviews)
    The Smithsonian Institution, by Gore Vidal
    1. The Smithsonian Institution by Gore Vidal
    2. Making History by Stephen Fry
    The New Criterion, May 1998, pp. 55-59
  16. [+]
    Decline & fall (Review)
    Evelyn Waugh: The Later Years, 1939-1966, by Martin Stannard
    1. Evelyn Waugh: The Later Years, 1939-1966 by Martin Stannard
    The New Criterion, November 1992, pp. 61-64
  17. [+]
    Devouring egomania (Review)
    A Daring Young man, by John Leggett
    1. A Daring Young man by John Leggett
    The New Criterion, November 2002, pp. 77-80
  18. Books & Arts
    Dr. Leavis, I Presume? (Review)
    F.R. Leavis: Essays and Documents, by Ian MacKillop, Richard Storer, and F.R. Leavis
    1. F.R. Leavis: Essays and Documents by Ian MacKillop, Richard Storer, and F.R. Leavis
    The Weekly Standard, May 22, 2006, pp. 29-32
  19. The drawing-room comedy of Iris Murdoch
    The New Criterion, September 1996, pp. 66-73
  20. Edith Wharton's accomplishment
    The New Criterion, September 2001, pp. 33-40
  21. [+]
    An elusive acquaintance (Review)
    Jane Austen: A Life, by Claire Tomalin
    1. Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin
    The New Criterion, February 1998, pp. 74-76
  22. [+]
    Emotional vampire (Review)
    Illumination and Night Glare, by Carson McCullers and Carlos L. Dews
    1. Illumination and Night Glare by Carson McCullers and Carlos L. Dews
    The New Criterion, January 2000, pp. 70-73
  23. Eudora Welty
    The New Criterion, October 1999, pp. 35-41
  24. [+]
    A family album (Review)
    Another World, by Pat Barker
    1. Another World by Pat Barker
    The New Criterion, May 1999, pp. 74-75
  25. [+]
    A feeling of disjunction (Review)
    The Hours, by Michael Cunningham
    1. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
    The New Criterion, June 1999, pp. 81-83
  26. [+]
    Fiction chronicle (3 Reviews)
    Scheherazade's exhaustion
    1. On With the Story by John Barth
    2. After Rain by William Trevor
    3. The Night in Question by Tobias Wolff
    The New Criterion, November 1996, pp. 51-57
  27. [+]
    Fiction chronicle (3 Reviews)
    Border Crossing, by Pat Barker
    1. Border Crossing by Pat Barker
    2. Beloved Stranger by Clare Boylan
    3. Thanksgiving by Michael Dibdin
    The New Criterion, May 2001, pp. 62-66
  28. G.A. Henty
    The New Criterion, April 2002, pp. 20-24
  29. [+]
    Gender-Neutral (Review)
    The Whole Story and Other Stories, by Ali Smith
    1. The Whole Story and Other Stories by Ali Smith
    The Atlantic Monthly, May 2004, pp. 137-138
  30. George Bernard Shaw
    The New Criterion, September 1993, pp. 38-47
  31. Books
    The Gospel of Norman (Review)
    The Gospel According to the Son, by Norman Mailer
    1. The Gospel According to the Son by Norman Mailer
    The New Criterion, June 1997, pp. 77-79
  32. [+]
    If the suit fits... (Review)
    A Frolic of His Own, by William Gaddis
    1. A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis
    The New Criterion, March 1994, pp. 60-62
  33. Fiction chronicle
    Illustrations of inertia & compromise (3 Reviews)
    Amsterdam, by Ian McEwan
    1. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
    2. The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
    3. Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
    The New Criterion, April 1999, pp. 60-64
  34. Fiction chronicle
    In the city (2 Reviews)
    Bech at Bay, by John Updike
    1. Bech at Bay by John Updike
    2. Master Georgie by Beryl Bainbridge
    The New Criterion, November 1998, pp. 60-64
  35. Fiction chronicle
    Intellects & addicts (2 Reviews)
    Babel Tower, by A.S. Byatt
    1. Babel Tower by A.S. Byatt
    2. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    The New Criterion, May 1996, pp. 63-67
  36. Books
    Intimations of mortality (2 Reviews)
    The Afterlife and Other Stories, by John Updike
    1. The Afterlife and Other Stories by John Updike
    2. All the Days and Nights by William Maxwell
    The New Criterion, January 1995, pp. 62-66
  37. The irrepressible Samuel Pepys
    The New Criterion, January 2003, pp. 14-22
  38. Jane Austen for the Nineties
    The New Criterion, September 1995, pp. 15-22
  39. John Betjeman's "whim of iron"
    The New Criterion, March 2005, pp. 10-18
  40. Nonfiction chronicle
    "The Kiss" & other memoirs (3 Reviews)
    The Kiss, by Kathryn Harrison
    1. The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison
    2. The Shadow Man by Mary Gordon
    3. The Architect of Desire by Suzannah Lessard
    The New Criterion, May 1997, pp. 64-69
  41. [+]
    The Land of Counterpane (Review)
    Hotel World, by Ali Smith
    1. Hotel World by Ali Smith
    The Atlantic Monthly, January 2002, pp. 139-140
  42. Laurence Sterne
    The New Criterion, January 2002, pp. 22-29
  43. Books
    Losing faith (Review)
    In the Beauty of the Lilies, by John Updike
    1. In the Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike
    The New Criterion, January 1996, pp. 57-59
  44. [+]
    Loss and Endurance (Review)
    Family Matters, by Rohinton Mistry
    1. Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
    The Atlantic Monthly, September 2002, pp. 165-166
  45. Love for Sale
    Why Maynard and Salinger deserve each other
    National Review, June 14, 1999, p. 34
  46. Reviews
    Matisse Revealed (Review)
    The Unknown Matisse, by Hilary Spurling
    1. The Unknown Matisse by Hilary Spurling
    The Hudson Review, Autumn 1999, pp. 483-492
  47. Fiction chronicle
    Meditations, good & bad
    The New Criterion, May 2000, pp. 63-68
  48. Books
    Misalliance (2 Reviews)
    Selected Correspondence of Bernard Shaw, by Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, and J. Percy Smith
    1. Selected Correspondence of Bernard Shaw by Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, and J. Percy Smith
    2. H.G. by Michael Foot
    The New Criterion, December 1995, pp. 64-68
  49. Moral Minority (2006)
    Our Skeptical Founding Fathers
    1 Review
  50. [+]
    Morally handicapped (Review)
    Diana Mosley, by Jan Dalley
    1. Diana Mosley by Jan Dalley
    The New Criterion, April 2000, pp. 71-75
  51. [+]
    Mr. Wu & Mrs. Stitch (Review)
    The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper, by Artemis Cooper
    1. The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper by Artemis Cooper
    The New Criterion, January 1992, pp. 69-72
  52. [+]
    Nasty & nice (Review)
    Will This Do?, by Auberon Waugh
    1. Will This Do? by Auberon Waugh
    The New Criterion, June 1992, pp. 77-80
  53. Fiction chronicle
    New maps of Cheever Country
    The New Criterion, June 1994, pp. 58-65
  54. New York's Trollope Society
    City Journal, Autumn 1993, pp. 96-98
  55. Books
    A nose for the bogus (Review)
    As of This Writing, by Clive James
    1. As of This Writing by Clive James
    The New Criterion, June 2003, pp. 76-79
  56. [+]
    "Not a very loud voice" (Review)
    Osbert Sitwell, by Philip Ziegler
    1. Osbert Sitwell by Philip Ziegler
    The New Criterion, October 1998, pp. 68-70
  57. [+]
    Not Exactly Everyman (Review)
    Any Human Heart, by William Boyd
    1. Any Human Heart by William Boyd
    The Atlantic Monthly, March 2003, p. 110
  58. [+]
    Not Quite Dead (Review)
    The Death of Adam, by Marilynne Robinson
    1. The Death of Adam by Marilynne Robinson
    The Hudson Review, Winter 1999, pp. 775-780
  59. [+]
    Novel Efforts (2 Reviews)
    Little Black Book of Stories, by A.S. Byatt
    1. Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt
    2. Nothing Lost by John Gregory Dunne
    The Weekly Standard, May 31, 2004, pp. 34-35
  60. The novels of Alan Furst
    The New Criterion, March 2004, pp. 19-26
  61. The novels of Angus Wilson
    The New Criterion, October 1996, pp. 28-36
  62. The novels of Anne Tyler
    The New Criterion, May 1995, pp. 27-34
  63. An Observer of Catastrophe
    On Sybille Bedford
    The Atlantic Monthly, October 2001, pp. 132-134
  64. [+]
    Oh, to be in England (Review)
    Anglomania: A European Love Affair, by Ian Buruma
    1. Anglomania: A European Love Affair by Ian Buruma
    The New Criterion, September 1999, pp. 65-67
  65. Books
    The old devil remembers (Review)
    Memoirs, by Kingsley Amis
    1. Memoirs by Kingsley Amis
    The New Criterion, October 1991, pp. 60-63
  66. [+]
    On the Road and Off the Wall (Review)
    The Towers of Trebizond, by Rose Macaulay
    1. The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
    The Atlantic Monthly, December 2003, p. 130
  67. Our Godless Constitution
    The Enlightenment, not faith, inspired it
    The Nation, February 21, 2005, pp. 14-19
  68. [+]
    P.R. in D.C. (Review)
    Bad Publicity, by Jeffrey Frank
    1. Bad Publicity by Jeffrey Frank
    The Weekly Standard, January 12, 2004, p. 31
  69. [+]
    Painted into history (Review)
    Henry and Clara, by Thomas Mallon
    1. Henry and Clara by Thomas Mallon
    The New Criterion, November 1994, pp. 78-86
  70. Books & Arts
    Pale Horse, Pale Writer (Review)
    Katherine Anne Porter: Collected Stories and Other Writings, by Darlene Harbour Unrue a...
    1. Katherine Anne Porter: Collected Stories and Other Writings by Darlene Harbour Unrue and Katherine Anne Porter, ...
    The Weekly Standard, October 27, 2008, pp. 37-39
  71. [+]
    Panpipes & preppies (Review)
    The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
    1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    The New Criterion, October 1992, pp. 65-67
  72. [+]
    Period ironies (Review)
    Mason and Dixon, by Thomas Pynchon
    1. Mason and Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
    The New Criterion, September 1997, pp. 68-70
  73. [+]
    Poisoned Wells (Review)
    The Invisible Man, by Michael Coren
    1. The Invisible Man by Michael Coren
    The New Criterion, February 1994, pp. 71-72
  74. [+]
    Pretentious & hollow (Review)
    Heavy Water, and Other Stories, by Martin Amis
    1. Heavy Water, and Other Stories by Martin Amis
    The New Criterion, March 1999, pp. 70-72
  75. Books
    The professor & the poetess (Review)
    The Russian Girl, by Kingsley Amis
    1. The Russian Girl by Kingsley Amis
    The New Criterion, May 1994, pp. 69-71
  76. Books & Arts
    Pursuit of Love (Review)
    Edith Wharton: A Biography, by Hermione Lee
    1. Edith Wharton: A Biography by Hermione Lee
    The Weekly Standard, June 25, 2007, pp. 26-28
  77. Books
    Reading Henry Green
    The New Criterion, March 1993, pp. 61-67
  78. "A real inferno"
    Christina Stead
    The New Criterion, October 1994, pp. 23-32
  79. Books
    The real Ross (Review)
    Genius in Disguise, by Thomas Kunkel
    1. Genius in Disguise by Thomas Kunkel
    The New Criterion, April 1995, pp. 55-58
  80. [+]
    Red pencils (Review)
    Proofs and Three Parables, by George Steiner
    1. Proofs and Three Parables by George Steiner
    The New Criterion, April 1993, pp. 65-66
  81. [+]
    A return to BEA (Review)
    Elspeth Huxley, by C.S. Nicholls
    1. Elspeth Huxley by C.S. Nicholls
    The New Criterion, October 2003, pp. 67-69
  82. [+]
    The Tabloid Habit (Review)
    Noblesse Oblige, by Nancy Mitford
    1. Noblesse Oblige by Nancy Mitford
    The Atlantic Monthly, July 2001, p. 161
  83. [+]
    The Real War (Review)
    Thinks..., by David Lodge
    1. Thinks... by David Lodge
    The Atlantic Monthly, June 2001, p. 104
  84. [+]
    Getting States' Rights Right (Review)
    A Month in the Country, by James L. Carr
    1. A Month in the Country by James L. Carr
    The Atlantic Monthly, March 2001, p. 92
  85. [+]
    France's Downfall (Review)
    The Devil's Larder, by Jim Crace
    1. The Devil's Larder by Jim Crace
    The Atlantic Monthly, October 2001, p. 126
  86. [+]
    The Country and the City (Review)
    Fury, by Salman Rushdie
    1. Fury by Salman Rushdie
    The Atlantic Monthly, September 2001, p. 138
  87. [+]
    A Magnificent Misfit (Review)
    Death and Nightingales, by Eugene McCabe
    1. Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe
    The Atlantic Monthly, April 2002, p. 140
  88. [+]
    A Magnificent Misfit (Review)
    Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer
    1. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
    The Atlantic Monthly, April 2002, p. 141
  89. [+]
    A Grand Contrivance (Review)
    Napoleon, by Paul Johnson
    1. Napoleon by Paul Johnson
    The Atlantic Monthly, July 2002, p. 190
  90. [+]
    The Man of Feeling (Review)
    A House Unlocked, by Penelope Lively
    1. A House Unlocked by Penelope Lively
    The Atlantic Monthly, May 2002, p. 109
  91. [+]
    Lightness at Midnight (Review)
    The Book of Illusions, by Paul Auster
    1. The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
    The Atlantic Monthly, September 2002, p. 154
  92. [+]
    "Such talents, such a mess" (Review)
    The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh, by Charlotte Mosley, Nancy Mitford, and ...
    1. The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh by Charlotte Mosley, Nancy Mitford, and Evelyn Waugh, ...
    The New Criterion, April 1997, pp. 75-77
  93. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    The New Criterion, December 1998, pp. 21-28
  94. Books & Critics
    The Richness of the Moment (Review)
    Romancing: The Life and Work of Henry Green, by Jeremy Treglown
    1. Romancing: The Life and Work of Henry Green by Jeremy Treglown
    The Atlantic Monthly, March 2001, pp. 78-81
  95. [+]
    Rigorously equivocal (Review)
    One of Us, by Geoffrey Galt Harpham
    1. One of Us by Geoffrey Galt Harpham
    The New Criterion, February 1997, pp. 66-69
  96. Robertson Davies
    The New Criterion, April 1996, pp. 9-17
  97. [+]
    Shades of Matthew Arnold (Review)
    The Broken Estate, by James Wood
    1. The Broken Estate by James Wood
    The Hudson Review, Winter 2000, pp. 671-676
  98. Fiction chronicle
    Silence, exile, cunning (3 Reviews)
    A Star Called Henry, by Roddy Doyle
    1. A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle
    2. The Last Life by Claire Messud
    3. Lovers for a Day by Ivan Klima
    The New Criterion, November 1999, pp. 60-65
  99. [+]
    So very Irish (Review)
    The Collected Stories of Benedict Kiely, by Benedict Kiely
    1. The Collected Stories of Benedict Kiely by Benedict Kiely
    The New Criterion, June 2004, pp. 81-83
  100. [+]
    Sorcerers' Apprentices (2 Reviews)
    Sir Vidia's Shadow, by Paul Theroux
    1. Sir Vidia's Shadow by Paul Theroux
    2. A Likely Story by Rosemary Mahoney
    The Hudson Review, Spring 1999, pp. 150-156
  101. [+]
    Sound & fury (Review)
    The Moor's Last Sigh, by Salman Rushdie
    1. The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie
    The New Criterion, March 1996, pp. 59-61
  102. [+]
    Stingless WASP (Review)
    Collected Stories of Louis Auchincloss, by Louis Auchincloss
    1. Collected Stories of Louis Auchincloss by Louis Auchincloss
    The New Criterion, December 1994, pp. 67-69
  103. [+]
    Stories fine & fatuous (Review)
    The Collected Stories, by Grace Paley
    1. The Collected Stories by Grace Paley
    The New Criterion, September 1994, pp. 80-81
  104. Sylvia Townsend Warner
    The New Criterion, March 2001, pp. 20-27
  105. Books
    A talent to delight (Review)
    Nancy Mitford in her letters
    1. Love From Nancy by Nancy Mitford and Charlotte Mosley
    The New Criterion, January 1994, pp. 58-61
  106. Books & Arts
    The Tell-Tale Artist
    Edgar Allan Poe turns 200
    The Weekly Standard, September 28, 2009, pp. 28-30
  107. [+]
    Terminal self-pity (Review)
    'Tis: A Memoir, by Frank McCourt
    1. 'Tis: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
    The New Criterion, December 1999, pp. 71-73
  108. [+]
    Thrilling Desperation (Review)
    In the Forest, by Edna O'Brien
    1. In the Forest by Edna O'Brien
    The Atlantic Monthly, March 2002, pp. 124-126
  109. Books
    Tom Wolfe's school days (Review)
    I Am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe
    1. I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
    The New Criterion, January 2005, pp. 61-63
  110. [+]
    Turn on the Gass (Review)
    A Temple of Texts, by William H. Gass
    1. A Temple of Texts by William H. Gass
    The Weekly Standard, September 25, 2006, pp. 33-34
  111. Twentieth-Century Attitudes (2003)
    Literary Powers in Uncertain Times
    2 Reviews
  112. Books & Critics
    Two---Make That Three---Cheers for the Chain Bookstores
    The Atlantic Monthly, July 2001, pp. 148-153
  113. [+]
    The unlovable one (Review)
    Evelyn Waugh: A Biography, by Selina Hastings
    1. Evelyn Waugh: A Biography by Selina Hastings
    The New Criterion, March 1995, pp. 60-63
  114. Fiction chronicle
    Violating the cardinal rules (Review)
    Postmodern American Fiction, by Paula Geyh, Fred G. Leebron, and Andrew Levy
    1. Postmodern American Fiction by Paula Geyh, Fred G. Leebron, and Andrew Levy
    The New Criterion, December 1997, pp. 60-64
  115. Virginia Woolf & George Eliot
    The New Criterion, November 1997, pp. 25-32
  116. [+]
    The White Queen? (Review)
    Catherine de Medici, by Leonie Frieda
    1. Catherine de Medici by Leonie Frieda
    The New Criterion, February 2005, pp. 71-74
  117. Who Killed Broadway?
    City Journal, Winter 1995, pp. 101-106
  118. Who was Simon Raven?
    The New Criterion, April 2003, pp. 9-16
  119. Wilkie Collins
    The New Criterion, December 1993, pp. 31-40
  120. William Makepeace Thackeray
    The New Criterion, January 2001, pp. 19-28
  121. Books
    The wily Mr. Shawn (2 Reviews)
    Remembering Mr. Shawn's "New Yorker", by Ved Mehta
    1. Remembering Mr. Shawn's "New Yorker" by Ved Mehta
    2. Here But Not Here by Lillian Ross
    The New Criterion, September 1998, pp. 56-59
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