Morris Dickstein’s latest book, Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression, has just come out in paperback from W. W. Norton. It won the 2010 Ambassador Book Award in American Studies from the English-Speaking Union and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.

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Becoming Gore Vidal

The icon is remembered by Morris Dickstein as a critic and personality in the mold of Henry Adams, who also yearned for a vanished age.

The Catch in “Catch-22”

Joseph Heller’s iconic novel “Catch-22” set the political and moral agenda of the last 50 years with its hilarious cynical viewpoint says Morris Dickstein.

Philip Roth's Extreme Novel

The legendary author’s prolific career continues with a new novel, Nemesis, out this week. Critic Morris Dickstein writes that while it’s a triumphant realist work, Roth can’t help but make his characters tragic and fatalistic.