on The Genius of Wilhelm Busch: Comedy of Frustration by Walter Arndt

on The Astonished Traveler: William Darby, Frontier Geographer and Man of Letters by J. Gerald Kennedy

Poems in Open Forms (on These Green-Going-to-Yellow by Marvin Bell; Dream Flights by Dave Smith; Flood by William Matthews; One for the Rose by Philip Levine)

The Extra Skin That Language Can Give: Recent Collections of Short Stories (on What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver; The Short Hall by James B. Hall; Stories Up to a Point by Bette Pesetsky; In the Land of Dreamy Dreams by Ellen Gilchrist; The Best American Short Stories: 1981 by Hortense Calisher, Shannon Ravenel; Fine Lines: The Best of Ms. Fiction by Ruth Sullivan)

Poetry Is Alive and Well in Ireland (on Contemporary Irish Poetry: An Anthology by Anthony Bradley; Poems, 1965-1975 by Seamus Heaney; Field Work by Seamus Heaney; Poems, 1956-1973 by Thomas Kinsella; Peppercanister Poems, 1972-1978 by Thomas Kinsella; Selected Poems by John Montague)

The Magazine That Failed: The “Partisan Review” Crowd in Retrospect (on The Truants: Adventures Among the Intellectuals by William Barrett)

Glen Allen Delvo


Translating the Past: Literary Allusions as Covert Criticism

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