In honor of the centennial of William Maxwell's birth, and his contribution to American writing, the Library of America is publishing a two-volume collection of his novels and short stories. The first, which collects his early work, is out now. Maxwell's novels include They Came Like Sparrows, The Folded Leaf, So Long, See You Tomorrow, and Time Will Darken It. Maxwell was also fiction editor for The New Yorker from 1936-1976 and worked with such authors as J. D. Salinger, John Cheever, John Updike, Eudora Welty, and others. Maxwell died at the age of 91 in August 2000. (Original Airdate: 3/29/1995).
Then, Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new live release by opera soprano Patricia Brooks. Recorded in 1971, it's a rare document of her New York recital debut.
Finally, David Edelstein reviews the Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. It's set in 1987, two years before the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. [Broadcast Date: January 25, 2008]