From Pulitzer Prize - winning book critic Michael Dirda comes a collection of his most personal and engaging essays on the literary life - the perfect companion for any lover of books. Dirda's latest volume collects fifty of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, book collecting, and the writers he loves. Reaching from the classics to the postmoderns, his allusions dance from Samuel Johnson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and M. F. K. Fisher to Marilynne Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson, and David Foster Wallace.
Growing up in a bluecollar, Midwestern household of the 50s and 60s, Michael Dirda appalled his father with his insatiable thirst for reading. His humorous remembrances of the works he loved will spark the interest of anyone who savors a good story.
"Wilde's Women': The Surprising Force behind Oscar's Fame and Success" is from the Life and Entertainment section of The Washington Post. It was written by Michael Dirda and narrated by Jill Melancon.