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Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

·4·11,696 Ratings
“ You have survived, EVERY SINGLE bad day so far. ” ― Anonymous
Authors' Books
  • Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life

    ·3.82·721 Ratings
    "As warm and stimulating as a library to which one returns again and again."—Chicago Tribune (Editor's Choice)While books contain insights into our selves and the world, it takes a conversation—between the author and the reader, or between two readers
  • Dante: Poet of the Secular World

    ·4.18·148 Ratings
    Erich Auerbach’s Dante: Poet of the Secular World is an inspiring introduction to one of world’s greatest poets as well as a brilliantly argued and still provocative essay in the history of ideas. Here Auerbach, thought by many to be the greatest of t
  • Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments

    ·4.06·229 Ratings
    Intimate, humorous, and insightful, Readings is a collection of classic essays and reviews by Michael Dirda, book critic of the Washington Post and winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. From a first reading of Beckett and Faulkner at the feet o
  • An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland

    ·3.85·221 Ratings
    A funny, wistful memoir by a Pulitzer Prize--winning critic that recalls the charm of Growing Up and the tenderness of One Writer's Beginnings. "ALL THAT KID WANTS TO DO is stick his nose in a book, " Michael Dirda's steelworker father used to complain, w
  • Bound to Please: An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education

    ·4.25·214 Ratings
    Surveying the dizzying universe of classic books, Michael Dirda, the Pulitzer Prize-winning literary essayist, proves himself to be one of the most engaging critics of our time—and great fun to read. Opening with an impassioned critique of modern readin
  • Classics for Pleasure

    ·3.87·426 Ratings
    This is not your father’s list of classics. In these delightful essays, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda introduces nearly ninety of the world’s most entertaining books.Writing with affection as well as authority, Dirda covers masterpieces of fanta
  • Red Cavalry

    ·4.05·2,266 Ratings
    One of the great masterpieces of Russian literature, the Red Cavalry cycle retains today the shocking freshness that made Babel's reputation when the stories were first published in the 1920s. Using his own experiences as a journalist and propagandist wit
  • I Am Jonathan Scrivener

    ·4.07·47 Ratings
    James Wrexham is thirty-nine, lonely, and stuck in a dead-end job when he comes upon an advertisement for a position as secretary to Mr. Jonathan Scrivener. Much to his surprise, he is hired at a lavish salary despite never even meeting Scrivener, and he
  • Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting and Living with Books

    ·3.64·723 Ratings
    Michael Dirda has been hailed as "the best-read person in America" (The Paris Review) and "the best book critic in America" (The New York Observer). In addition to the Pulitzer Prize he was awarded for his reviews in The Washington Post, he picked up an E
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