Books

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...

Jay Parini: "One Matchless Time" (HarperCollins)

November 16, 2004

Nobel Prize winning novelist William Faulkner is considered one of America's greatest but most mysterious writers. The biographer of Robert Frost and James Steinbeck explores how an examination of Faulkner's life helps readers understand...

Readers' Review: Edna Ferber's "So Big"

July 21, 2004

Diane invites listeners to join the discussion of this 1925 Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Set in turn-of-the-20th century rural and urban Chicago, the story follows the travails of a gambler's daughter as she struggles to maintain her...

Readers' Review: "Bloomsday" Centenary

June 16, 2004

June 16th marks the day in 1904 on which all of the action in James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" takes place. To commemorate "Bloomsday," Diane and a panel of scholars discuss selected passages from the novel many consider the...

Alice Flaherty: "The Midnight Disease" (Houghton Mifflin) (Rebroadcast)

April 14, 2004

Writers often say they are driven to write. Now there's proof of a physiological compulsion. Author and neurologist Alice Flaherty draws on scientific research, her own experience, and the lives of other writers to explore how and why we...

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