PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewAnyone planning to write a biography of a living person might be forewarned by Deirdre Bair’s \'bio-memoir,\' her gripping account ... In Parisian Lives, which reads much like a \'making of…\' documentary, she gives us her off-camera take on her first two biographies. And, to our delight, we become voyeurs ... a story well told.
PositiveThe New York Times Book Review\"Through her sympathetic portrait, [Spurling] can now introduce [Powell] and his chef-d’oeuvre to a new audience. For Powell fans of yesteryear, she offers more; finally we learn just how closely his life is mirrored in \'Dance,\' as Powell himself referred to his work.\
PositiveThe New York Times Book Review...in his fine exploration, Housman Country: Into the Heart of England, Peter Parker attributes the poet’s popularity to something broader: The 'country' of his title is not the Midlands county of Shropshire but England itself ... Housman once described his poems as a kind of 'morbid secretion,' so what is their special appeal to his countrymen? Parker offers an answer: 'At heart, Housman was a romantic — though a romantic of a peculiarly doom-laden and tight-lipped English variety: Because one is lapidary, it does not mean one has a heart of stone.' Indeed. A century after A Shropshire Lad, with the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the English finally learned to cry.