Books by Mark Helprin

Educated at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford, Mark Helprin served in the Israeli Army, Israeli Air Force, and British Merchant Navy. He is the author of A Dove of the East and Other Stories, Refiner's Fire, Ellis Island and Other Stories, Winter's Tale, A S

Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A fine adult love story—not in the prurient sense, but in the sense of lovers elevated from smittenness to all the grown-up problems that a relationship can bring."
Elegant, elegiac novel of life in postwar America, at once realistic and aspirational, by the ever-accomplished Helprin (A Soldier of the Great War, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 2005

"A comic call for greatness in a mediocre era."
The Prince and Princess of Wales make a royal cock-up of the monarchy and as penance are sent on a daffy mission—to conquer America. Read full book review >
THE PACIFIC by Mark Helprin
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Helprin needs space to work his magic, room to build up steam, but even in these short bursts, he often accomplishes what others take hundreds of pages to achieve."
Sixteen tales of war, love, the achingly beautiful past and the fallen present. Read full book review >
THE VEIL OF SNOWS by Mark Helprin
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"As with the previous books, the language, imagery, and wit are aimed at sophisticated sensibilities; Helprin's bottomless imagination and Van Allsburg's monumental visual style create a collaboration that glitters with star quality. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The distinguished collaborators polish off a trilogy that began with Swan Lake (1989) and continued in A City in Winter (1996). Read full book review >
A CITY IN WINTER by Mark Helprin
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"As this is framed as a memoir, the outcome is never in doubt; readers will take the most pleasure here not from the plot, but from the richly imagined details. (Fiction. 10+)"
Two great fantasists weave threads teased from their previous collaboration, Swan Lake (1989), into a stylish tale of loyalty and rebellion set in a city of Brobdingnagian proportions. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1995

"And, most of all, the magic of childlike innocence."
After the realistic Soldier of the Great War (1991), Helprin returns to the romantic fancy of A Winter's Tale (1983) for this achingly beautiful tale of revelation, revenge, and a magnificent obsession. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1991

"Tender, optimistic, and sumptuously presented: a feast of a novel, right down to Alessandro's tender lingering over the final course."
An old Italian professor of aesthetics recounts his experiences in WW I to a young acquaintance as they trudge along the road from Rome to Monte Prato 50 years later—in this ebullient, elegaic novel of destruction and survival. Read full book review >
SWAN LAKE by Mark Helprin
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Sure to appeal to the carriage trade, this should also win a small following well beyond this year's fashionable popularity."
An elaborate expansion and transformation of the ballet, by the author of a critically acclaimed fantasy/novel for adults, A Winter's Tale (1983). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"Its imperfection is its greatest attraction, in fact—which may make it the closest exemplar of what Helprin tries to get at in his chuffing introduction."
Helprin introduces his guest-selection with a John-Gardneresque screed ("Minimalists appear to be people who have not been forced to struggle, and who have not dared upon some struggle, to which they have not been forced. Read full book review >
WINTER'S TALE by Mark Helprin
Released: Sept. 20, 1983

"And the result is talemaking of avid genius, rarely silly or cheap, frequently stunningly poetic—but also more than a little stupefying and show-offy, without the core of seriousness that gave focus and integrity to John Crowley's similar Little, Big (1981)."
From the very first sequence here (a white milk-cart horse bounds over the newly-built Brooklyn Bridge in a bid for freedom), Helprin makes it clear that he's out to conquer the Latin-American-style genre of magic realism—with splendid worlds of the impossible-made-possible, with concentrated storytelling designed to vibrate and shine on each page. Read full book review >
Released: March 2, 1981

"Finally, then: a collection of spun-sugar stories, artfully done but awfully fragile."
Helprin (A Dove of the East, Refiner's Fire) has a disposition toward felicity, charm, elfin humor. Read full book review >
REFINER'S FIRE by Mark Helprin
Released: Oct. 4, 1977

"That imagination has been on better display in Helprin's short stories and will no doubt be on better display in sharper, less grandiose novels to come."
With his subtitle, "The Life and Adventures of Marshall Pearl, a Foundling," Helprin winks at the picaresque, Torn Jones tradition in which this enormously ambitious, enormously talented, and enormously unsuccessful first novel is shakily grounded. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1975

"All Helprin's stories deal with essences which lead from the heart, and his images are clean and sharp and bright."
A collection of short stories, often short short stories, which travel all around the world but retain the same timeless constants. Read full book review >