Danny Heitman, a columnist for the Baton Rouge Advocate and a frequent essayist for national publications, is the author of A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House.
Fifty years after its arrival, Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited, continues to draw readers.
Did the persona distract from the poetry?
Muhammad Ali, the great heavyweight champion, met with Marianne Moore, the celebrated poet. A sonnet resulted.
The author of Brave New World was the master of the dystopic novel.
His own life was one of contradictions, and he revealed both the good and evil in all his characters.
“A Room of One’s Own is a formative feminist document, but critic Robert Kanigel argues that men are cheating themselves if they don’t embrace the book, too.”
Montaigne invented the personal essay and made candor literary.
And grew up to see the world in a bizarre and hilarious light.
Mencken's memoirs show a softer side on the sardonic critic
Washington Irving leaves Gotham to explore the frontier
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