Books

Ron Powers: "Mark Twain: A Life" (Free Press) (Rebroadcast)

December 30, 2005

Biographer Ron Powers presents what he calls "interpretive portraiture" of American humorist, essayist and novelist Mark Twain, and makes the case that Twain became the representative figure of his times.

Judith Viorst: "I'm Too Young to be Seventy" (Free Press)

October 12, 2005

The best-selling author takes a poetic and humorous look at the ins and outs of becoming a septuagenarian.

Ron Powers: "Mark Twain: A Life" (Free Press)

September 22, 2005

Biographer Ron Powers presents what he calls "interpretive portraiture" of American humorist, essayist and novelist Mark Twain, and makes the case that Twain became the representative figure of his times.

U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser (Rebroadcast)

September 5, 2005

The poet laureate of the United States joins Diane to talk about how to go from wanting to be a poet to actually writing poetry.

Joan Klingel Ray, "Jane Austen 101"

April 11, 2005

Jane Austen is an 18th century novelist whose work inspires shelves of scholarly literary criticism as well as passionate devotion by ordinary readers. Diane and her guest discuss why the world loves Jane Austen.

Geraldine Brooks: "March" (Viking)

March 23, 2005

The well-loved classic "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott is about the four March sisters and their mother - Father spends much of the book away as a Civil War chaplain. In her new novel, author Geraldine Brooks imagines Mr...

U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser

February 25, 2005

The poet laureate of the United States joins Diane to talk about how to go from wanting to be a poet to actually writing poetry.

Susan Tyler Hitchcock: "Mad Mary Lamb" (W.W. Norton)

January 11, 2005

Lovers of nineteenth century British literature know Mary Lamb as the sister of noted essayist Charles Lamb, as co-author of "Tales from Shakespeare," and as a woman who stabbed her own mother to death. Author Susan Tyler Hitchcock...

Frieda Hughes on Sylvia Plath's "Ariel"

December 14, 2004

Sylvia Plath's daughter explains the reasons for the differences between the previously published edition of her mother's last work as edited by her father, Ted Hughes, and the recently restored original version.

Robert McCrum: "Wodehouse: A life" (WWNorton)

December 13, 2004

Novelist and playwright P.G.Wodehouse created such hilarious characters as the unflappable butler Jeeves, who always kept his master Bertie Wooster in line. Wodehouse's biographer takes a look at the scope of a writer who often hid behind...

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