A Year with the Tudors II: “You Are My Grace”

Jane Seymour is in many ways the most elusive of all the wives of King Henry VIII, dying just weeks after giving the king his longed-for male heir. A new novel delves into the human connection between Henry and his third wife.

Read More

At Play with Clay

Ever since Mary Shelley wrote her weird masterpiece two centuries ago, it's been impossible to keep a good monster down. In the Shadow of Frankenstein gives readers two dozen pastiches that keep the Creature alive.

Read More

Painful to Nice Feelings

He sailed around Cape Horn and wrote a classic about it, and he fought for the downtrodden in Boston courts for thirty years - he was Richard Henry Dana, Jr., and he's the subject of a thought-provoking new biography.

Read More

The Book and the Boy

A thousand years ago, a refined lady at the Japanese Court wrote the first and one of the greatest novels of all time, The Tale of Genji; Dennis Washburn does the latest translation of this immense work, with stunning results.

Read More

Press Enter

Author Jacob Silverman contends in his new book that the intrusions of social media into our private lives has reached sometimes intolerable extents. But what does he mean by "intolerable"? And who is he counting as "our"?

Read More