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The New York Times Book Review: 125 Years of Literary History

The New York Times Book Review: 125 Years of Literary History

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A "delightful" (Vanity Fair) collection from the longest-running, most influential book review in America, featuring its best, funniest, strangest, and most memorable coverage over the past 125 years.

Since its first issue on October 10, 1896, The New York Times Book Review has brought the world of ideas to the reading public. It is the publication where authors have been made, and where readers first encountered the classics that have enriched their lives.

Now the editors have curated the Book Review's dynamic 125-year history, which is essentially the story of modern American letters. Brimming with remarkable reportage and photography, this beautiful book collects interesting reviews, never-before-heard anecdotes about famous writers, and spicy letter exchanges. Here are the first takes on novels we now consider masterpieces, including a long-forgotten pan of Anne of Green Gables and a rave of Mrs. Dalloway, along with reviews and essays by Langston Hughes, Eudora Welty, James Baldwin, Nora Ephron, and more.

With scores of stunning vintage photographs, many of them sourced from the Times's own archive, readers will discover how literary tastes have shifted through the years--and how the Book Review's coverage has shaped so much of what we read today.

Author: New York Times
Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers
Published: 11/02/2021
Pages: 368
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 3.76lbs
Size: 10.22h x 8.78w x 1.53d
ISBN: 9780593234617

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 06/01/2021 pg. 20
Publishers Weekly 09/27/2021
Kirkus Reviews 11/01/2021

About the Author
Tina Jordan is the deputy editor of The New York Times Book Review. Before joining The Times, Tina was the longtime books editor at Entertainment Weekly, where she worked since the magazine's founding.

Noor Qasim is a writer and editor. From 2020 to 2021, she served as the editing fellow of The New York Times Book Review.

The New York Times is dedicated to helping people understand the world through on-the-ground, expert, and deeply reported independent journalism. Their mission is simple: They seek the truth and help people understand the world. This mission is rooted in their belief that great journalism has the power to make each reader's life richer and more fulfilling, and all of society stronger and more just. The Times has received 130 Pulitzer Prizes.

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