May Day wasn’t the only celebration at the beginning of this month—there are also four literary birthdays!The Living Thoughts of Kierkegaard, edited and with an introduction by W.H. Auden, is the perfect introduction to Kierkegaard.
Randall Jarell’s Book of Stories, an extraordinary anthology that is not only a collection of stories, but, with a celebrated introductory essay by Jarrell himself, an illumination of the art of storytelling.
Memoirs of Hecate County. Of all the books he wrote, Wilson proclaimed this work of fiction to be his favorite. One need only read these interlinked sublime and satirical stories, told with marvelous detail of the depravity of the American Dream, to understand why.
Dime-Store Alchemy, a reflection on the life and work of Joseph Cornell, and Confessions of a Poet Laureate, a New York Review e-book original.