Michael Dirda

Author Archive

  • Aug 6, 2021
    Of the making of books about Napoleon Bonaparte, there seems to be no end. Two hundred years after the emperor’s death in 1821 on the island of St. Helena, he continues to be...
  • Jun 22, 2021
    There are many, many biographies of Edgar Allan Poe, the most exhaustive being Arthur Hobson Quinn’s, first published in 1941, the most concise Peter Ackroyd’s 2009...
  • May 20, 2021
    Being fully vaccinated and needing a temporary escape from, well, just about everything, I decided to fly to Portland, Ore., to see my eldest son and his family. Most of my 12-day...
  • May 7, 2021
    And you thought Louis Menand’s “The Free World” was long! Simon Heffer’s “The Age of Decadence: A History of Britain, 1880-1914” clocks in at 897...
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Really, I’ve done my best to keep up my spirits during this past sorely trying year of pandemic and traumatizing politics. I’ve weeded my books and sorted my papers,...