on Heavy Traffic and High Culture: New American Library as Literary Gatekeeper in the Paperback Revolution by Thomas L. Bonn

on At Home and Abroad by V. S. Pritchett

on The Pleasures of Reading in an Ideological Age by Robert Alter

on Poetry and Ambition: Essays, 1982-88 by Donald Hall

Stalking the Barbaric Yawp (on Collected Poems by Louis Simpson; Wild Dreams Of A New Beginning by Lawrence Ferlinghetti; Selected Poems: 1938-1988 by Thomas McGrath; Echoes: Poems Left Behind by John Ciardi; & Selected Poems by W. S. Merwin)

Faulkner Criticism’s Inexhaustible Voice (on William Faulkner: American Writer by Frederick R. Karl; Faulkner’s Country Matters: Folklore and Fable in Yoknapatawpha by Daniel Hoffman; Fiction’s Inexhaustible Voice: Speech and Writing in Faulkner by Stephen M. Ross; & The Crossing of the Ways: William Faulkner, The South and the Modern World by Karl F. Zender)

Three Contemporary Masters: Brodkey, Carver, Dubus (on Stories in an Almost Classical Mode by Harold Brodkey; Where I’m Calling From: New and Selected Stories by Raymond Carver; & Selected Stories by Andre Dubus)

Greg Johnson, whose reviews have appeared regularly in our pages across many years, has published two novels, five collections of short stories, and several volumes of nonfiction. He lives in Atlanta and teaches in the graduate writing program at Kennesaw State University.

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