Michael Gorra’s The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War was published in August. He is the editor of the Norton Critical Editions of As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury and author of Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography. He teaches at Smith College.

The Third Year, 1863

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg and other major battles. Michael Gorra on two books that bring the Civil War to life.

Richard Ford returns with one of his most powerful novels yet, “Canada.” Michael Gorra hails this tale of border violence and a young boy’s escape.