Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda is a Pulitzer Prize–winning critic for The Washington Post and the author of several collections of essays, including Classics for Pleasure and Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books.

Algernon Blackwood, London, 1951; photograph by Norman Parkinson

Algernon Blackwood: The Master of the Supernatural

The Face of the Earth and Other Imaginings

by Algernon Blackwood, edited and with an introduction by Mike Ashley

The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories The Listener and Other Stories

by Algernon Blackwood, with an introduction by Storm Constantine

Pan’s Garden Incredible Adventures

by Algernon Blackwood, with introductions by Mike Ashley and Tim Lebbon

The Lost Valley The Wolves of God

by Algernon Blackwood, with an introduction by Simon Clark

Julius LeVallon The Bright Messenger

by Algernon Blackwood, with an introduction by Mike Ashley

The Complete John Silence Stories

by Algernon Blackwood, edited and with an introduction by S.T. Joshi

Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood

selected and with an introduction by E.F. Bleiler

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December 22, 2016 issue

Nicholson Baker, South Berwick, Maine, 2008

Funny, But Serious Too

Traveling Sprinkler

by Nicholson Baker

The Way the World Works: Essays

by Nicholson Baker

House of Holes: A Book of Raunch

by Nicholson Baker

November 21, 2013 issue

‘The Glory of Certain Moments in Life’

All That Is

by James Salter

Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps

edited by John McIntyre

Life Is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days

by James and Kay Salter

There and Then: The Travel Writing of James Salter

by James Salter

June 6, 2013 issue

Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear, 1945

Not So Elementary, Watson

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

a film directed by Guy Ritchie


a television series on the BBC created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat


a television series on CBS created by Robert Doherty

The Perils of Sherlock Holmes

by Loren D. Estleman

The House of Silk

by Anthony Horowitz

Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles

by Kim Newman

Garment of Shadows

by Laurie R. King

A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon

edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

The Game's Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays)

a play by Ken Ludwig, directed by Aaron Posner

As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality

by Michael Saler

The Autobiography of Sherlock Holmes

by Sherlock Holmes, edited by Don Libey

The Grand Game: A Celebration of Sherlockian Scholarship

edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

Bohemian Souls: A Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of "A Scandal in Bohemia"

edited by Otto Penzler

The “Illustrated” Speckled Band: The Original 1910 Stage Production in Script and Photographs

by Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Leslie S. Klinger

The Narrative of John Smith

by Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower, and Rachell Foss

“Dangerous Work”: Diary of an Arctic Adventure

by Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower

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May 9, 2013 issue

Messing About with ‘The Wind in the Willows’

The Annotated Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame, edited with a preface and notes by Annie Gauger

The Wind in the Willows: An Annotated Edition

by Kenneth Grahame, edited by Seth Lerer

August 13, 2009 issue

Patricia Highsmith at her house in Aurigeno, Switzerland, April 1984; photograph by Gérard Rondeau from his ‘One Hundred Portraits of Famous Authors and Artists,’ a recent exhibition at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York City

This Woman Is Dangerous

The Complete Ripley Novels: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley, Ripley Under Water

by Patricia Highsmith

July 2, 2009 issue


Man in the Dark

by Paul Auster

Travels in the Scriptorium

by Paul Auster

The Brooklyn Follies

by Paul Auster

Oracle Night

by Paul Auster

The Book of Illusions

by Paul Auster

The Red Notebook: True Stories

by Paul Auster

I Thought My Father Was God and Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project

by Paul Auster

Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure

by Paul Auster


by Paul Auster

Mr. Vertigo

by Paul Auster


by Paul Auster

The Art of Hunger: Essays, Prefaces, Interviews

by Paul Auster

The Music of Chance

by Paul Auster

Moon Palace

by Paul Auster

In the Country of Last Things

by Paul Auster

The New York Trilogy: City of Glass, Ghosts, The Locked Room

by Paul Auster with an introduction by Luc Sante

The Invention of Solitude

by Paul Auster

Squeeze Play

by Paul Auster, published under the pseudonym Paul Benjamin

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December 4, 2008 issue

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