Books by Andrew Delbanco

Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Essential background reading for anyone seeking to understand the history of the early republic and the Civil War."
Provocative, sweeping study of America's original sin—slavery—in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Read full book review >
COLLEGE by Andrew Delbanco
Released: April 1, 2012

"Although stronger on diagnosis than cure, this is an impassioned call for a corrupt system to heal itself."
Has the democratic ideal of a classical education, open to rich and poor alike, become a thing of the past? Read full book review >
MELVILLE by Andrew Delbanco
Released: Sept. 23, 2005

"Lively and endlessly informative: a welcome addition to literary history, of a piece with Louis Menand's Metaphysical Club and David Reynolds's Walt Whitman's America."
A graceful, sympathetic portrait of a writer all but forgotten in his day, but now seen as central to understanding the American character. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"For now, then, no matter. Read this for the writers—Alcott, O'Connor, Frost, Jewett—and if you tire of them, read 20 others. This is a smorgasbord; we are unlikely to see its kind again soon. (9 halftones, not seen)"
Who and what made New England the nation's intellectual and literary center is apparent in this expansive collection of writings by the abiding masters and luminaries of the day. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Ranging learnedly and widely, this is less a work of scholarship, on which it is deeply based, than a personal testament to the melancholy to which learning has led its author."
Reflections on American conceptions of happiness and hope—and of how they have grown weak. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A deeply felt, persuasive, and eminently useful work."
Vigorous, engaging essays (many originally published in the New Republic) on the revolutionary impulses of 19th- and 20th- century writers, ``inspired practitioners of the American language,'' offering an explicit repudiation of the more arid contemporary forms of literary criticism. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

In a brilliant review of how American writers of the last two centuries have confronted evil by depicting it, Delbanco (Humanities/Columbia Univ.; The Puritan Ordeal, not reviewed) suggests that our postmodern inability to name evil puts us in danger of being dominated by it. Read full book review >