Books

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...

Nicholas Basbanes: "A Splendor of Letters" (HarperCollins)

February 9, 2004

In the age of digital media, what happens to the bookshelf? Nicholas Basbanes, an author of "books about books," talks about the history of storage and preservation of information, from clay tablets to paper-and-covers to...

Arnold Weinstein: "A Scream Goes Through The House" (Random House)

February 2, 2004

A professor of literature guides us through great works of art to reveal how literature can be a unique form of human connection.

Juan Williams: "This Far By Faith" (William Morrow) (Rebroadcast)

January 19, 2004

NPR's Juan Williams explores the history of religion in the African-American community - from the slave era through the civil rights movement, and up to the present day.

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

January 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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