A New Look at Benjamin Disraeli

Disraeli: The Novel Politician by David Cesarani. Yale University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 292 pages, $25. Of the so-called “Victorian Giants”—William Ewart Gladstone, Lord Palmerston, Joseph Chamberlain—none have fascinated the public as much as Benjamin Disraeli,...

America’s Own Richard II

Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas. Random House, 2015. Hardcover, 619 pages, $35. The Nixon Effect: How Richard Nixon’s Presidency Fundamentally Changed American Politics by Douglas Schoen. Encounter Books, 2016. Hardcover, 384 pages, $27. “Even Richard Nixon...

Enlarging Emily Dickinson

A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century by Jerome Charyn. Bellevue Literary Press, 2016. Paperback, 255 pages, $20. The first part of Jerome Charyn’s title alludes to one of Emily Dickinson’s most enigmatic and powerful poems, which begins, “My Life had...

A Novel Out of Time

Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin. Translated by Lisa Hayden. Oneworld Publications, 2015. Cloth, 352 pages, $25. In an interview with Rod Dreher, Eugene Vodalazkin, author of the novel Laurus, says that he wanted to write about something good. In the same interview he...

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