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The Beast in the Jungle

Author: Henry James First published: 1903, by Methuen (London) and Charles Scribner’s Sons (New York) What is it? In this masterpiece of suspense, Henry James, true to form, withholds the answer while driving us ever increasingly toward it. John Marcher is a bachelor, haunted by something he cannot name, consumed by the horrible idea that someday—something—will happen […]

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) First published: 1884, by Chatto & Windus (U.K.) Huckleberry Finn is a liar! Yes, that’s what he is, there’s no getting around it. But is there such a thing as a good lie? A “good” liar? A justified lie? One of Twain’s main assertions in Huckleberry Finn is that there is. […]

The Keepers of the House

Author: Shirley Ann Grau First published: 1964, by Alfred A. Knopf I feel like this novel doesn’t receive the recognition it deserves. Before a few months ago I had never even heard of it, and now, having read it, I can only place it in my personal pantheon of Great American Novels. The Keepers of the House […]