Books by Brad Leithauser

THE ART STUDENT’S WAR by Brad Leithauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2009

"Superb portraits of an endearing heroine and a cluster of finely observed secondary characters backlit by history, their brilliance slightly dimmed in the lower-keyed Part Three."
Fresh, captivating coming-of-age story from poet and novelist Leithauser (A Few Corrections, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: March 27, 2002

"A fine, quiet, and rewarding portrait, written in fluid verse that is both unobtrusive and elegant."
Novelist/poet Leithauser (A Few Corrections, 2001, etc.) himself admits that this one is long for a poem but short for a novel. Still, it's a pleasant hybrid no matter how you look at it. Read full book review >
A FEW CORRECTIONS by Brad Leithauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2001

"Dialogue sometimes sounds more like writing than real speech, but for the most part, Leithauser maintains a breezy, believable tone while doing justice to his weightier life-and-death themes: a lovely read."
Leithauser (The Friends of Freeland, 1997, etc.) transcends the writing-school cleverness of his premise in a genuinely funny, quietly elegiac fifth novel. Read full book review >
NO OTHER BOOK by Randall Jarrell
HISTORY
Released: June 13, 1999

A selection from the ardently, offhandedly composed criticism of, in editor Leithauser's words, "an informal, brazen, unfootnoted diamond-in-the-rough." Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 16, 1998

The fourth collection by the novelist (The Friends of Freeland, 1997, etc.) and MacArthur fellow demonstrates the same formal fluidity and clarity of expression as his previous books. Read full book review >

THE FRIENDS OF FREELAND by Brad Leithauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 1997

A Northern Saga, longer than an Arctic shadow and tougher to swallow than frozen venison filet, from a gifted poet and novelist (Seaward, 1993, etc.) who seems to have had a lot of time on his hands. Freeland can't be found on any map. Read full book review >

PENCHANTS AND PLACES by Brad Leithauser
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 22, 1995

The subjects in this collection of scrupulous, varied, but sometimes ephemeral essays from poet and novelist Leithauser (Seaward, 1993, etc.) range from mathematical to literary creativity, from Japan to Iceland. Whether writing about his intellectual leanings or new locations, Leithauser has a bifurcated, paradoxical attraction to the rational and the irrational, but he can cleverly isolate the rarefied points of their intersection: computerized chess, the literature of science biographies, the freewheeling quantum prose of Italo Calvino, the ratiocinated ghost stories of Henry James, the enigmatic novels of Kobe Abe. Read full book review >

SEAWARD by Brad Leithauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1993

Leithauser (Equal Distance, 1984; Hence, 1988) peers uncertainly into the more remote corners of the middle-class soul- -in this sadly prosaic account of grief and desire. Terry Seward is a 40-ish Washington lawyer who sees his dead wife one night in a Virginia swamp. Read full book review >