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Michael Dirda is one of the best literary critics in the biz, and this list of his personal favorites is the best ‘book list’ I know of. Discover books you’ve never heard of, and rediscover books you’ve taken for granted and didn’t think were actually worth adding to your queue. It’s like a big book of staff picks!
This is not your father’s list of classics. In these delightful essays, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda introduces nearly ninety of the world’s most entertaining books. Writing with affection as well as authority, Dirda covers masterpieces of fantasy and science fiction, horror and adventure, as well as epics, history, essay, and children’s literature. Organized thematically, these are works that have shaped our imaginations. "Love’s Mysteries" moves from Sappho and Arthurian romance to Sören Kierkegaard and Georgette Heyer. In other categories Dirda discusses not only Dracula
and Sherlock Holmes but also the Tao Te Ching
and Icelandic sagas, Frederick Douglass and Fowler’s Modern English Usage
. Whether writing about Petronius or Perelman, Dirda makes literature come alive. Classics for Pleasure
is a perfect companion for any reading group or lover of books.
PRAISE FOR MICHAEL DIRDA
"For some time now, the best book critic in America has been Michael Dirda."--The New York Observer —