Search Results: "John Lahr"


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JOY RIDE by John Lahr
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"An exuberant, entertaining collection."
Portraits from a devoted theatergoer. Read full book review >

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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS by John Lahr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"There is only one word for this biography: superb."
The tormented life of a celebrated American playwright. Read full book review >

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SHOW AND TELL by John Lahr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2000

"A mostly depressing assemblage."
A wearisome compilation of New Yorker profiles, written by a scion who ought to know better. Read full book review >

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LIGHT FANTASTIC by John Lahr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 1996

"Filled with love for the theater, ably conveyed to the reader."
A thoughtful, enjoyable collection from critic and theatrical biographer Lahr (Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilisation, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"It remains to be seen if these goods will sell in these former colonies. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Lahr (Automatic Vaudeville, 1984, etc.), in British tonalities never learned from his father, offers an overwrought backstage bio of a comedian largely unappreciated this side of the Pond. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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JOHN!  by Rolin Bruno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2015

"While sometimes offering a confusing tangle of voices that lack individual features, this tale delivers a fresh and well-researched fictionalization of the assembling of the Apostles from John's point of view."
A young John the Apostle leaves his home to follow Jesus in this debut biblical novel. Read full book review >

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THE DIARIES OF KENNETH TYNAN by Kenneth Tynan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A candid and revealing snapshot of mid-20th-century cultural life, seen through eccentric but shrewdly perceptive eyes."
The British critic's personal jottings from the 1970s chronicle a glamorous life with characteristic wit, underpinned by melancholy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING JOHN by Marc Morris
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"The result is a traditional politics-and-war biography: a relentless succession of intrigues, quarrels, battles, sieges, negotiations, truces, and betrayals illuminated by lucid writing but muddied by Morris' decision to jump back and forth in chronology."
King John (1166-1216) is a rare English medieval monarch whose fame owes less to Shakespeare than legend. His villainy remains so ingrained, writes historian and broadcaster Morris (The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England, 2013) in this capable biography, that no subsequent king has named a son "John." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >

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JOHN CONSTABLE by Anthony Bailey
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"And so it is that Constable is known today, though this literate and lively biography adds new shades to the artist's well-earned reputation."
The Romantic art rebel comes in for thoughtful biographical treatment at the hands of New Yorker alumnus Bailey. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Breathless prose and many juicy revelations—an absorbing read."
An erstwhile "friendly acquaintance" who fell out with Rumpole of the Bailey's creator over this biography strips back the man's jovial veneer to reveal dark and adulterous activities. Read full book review >