The New York Times Book Review: 125 Years of Literary History

The New York Times Book Review: 125 Years of Literary History

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A "delightful" (Vanity Fair) collection from the longest-running, most influential book review in America, featuring its best, funniest, strangest, and most memorable coverage over the past 125 years.

Since its first issue on October 10, 1896, The New York Times Book Review has brought the world of ideas to the reading public. It is the publication where authors have been made, and where readers first encountered the classics that have enriched their lives.

Now the editors have curated the Book Review's dynamic 125-year history, which is essentially the story of modern American letters. Brimming with remarkable reportage and photography, this beautiful book collects interesting reviews, never-before-heard anecdotes about famous writers, and spicy letter exchanges. Here are the first takes on novels we now consider masterpieces, including a long-forgotten pan of Anne of Green Gables and a rave of Mrs. Dalloway, along with reviews and essays by Langston Hughes, Eudora Welty, James Baldwin, Nora Ephron, and more.

With scores of stunning vintage photographs, many of them sourced from the Times's own archive, readers will discover how literary tastes have shifted through the years--and how the Book Review's coverage has shaped so much of what we read today.

Title:The New York Times Book Review: 125 Years of Literary History
ISBN:9780593234617
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    The New York Times Book Review: 125 Years of Literary History Reviews

  • Michael Reilly

    This is a coffee table book. It has big pages. It is printed on heavy stock paper and it is heavy. It has full page pictures spread our over two pages. It has serious graphic design. It is an attracti...

  • John

    The best part of this book is that you read reviews of books that had just come out and were not as yet considered classics — thus, you get a “real time” capture of a work early in its classic l...

  • Michael Ritchie

    Disappointing. I expected more actual reproductions of reviews, articles, covers, and even ads. The reproductions we do get are tiny, and instead, we get mostly excerpts and lots of photographs that a...

  • Lynn

    Pure Pleasure I’ve been a fan of The New York Times Book Review since I was a kid in the 70s. I still read it today. Really loved this book and it was so wonderful to read. I can’t recommend it en...

  • Dan Trefethen

    Well, it's really a coffee table book with the full page author photos and occasional graphic representations of reviews, but the guts of the book are the meaty historical reviews, some by famous auth...

  • Matt Ely

    You read this book because you like reading about reading books. And you like reading the writing of the kinds of people who like reading books. You also like looking at books. This book has many pict...

  • Scott Eggerding

    I got this book as a gift for Christmas and, at the risk of alienating my family, I read it straight through. Reading the first impressions of books we now call classics was compelling and thrilling. ...

  • Maksim Karpitski

    It's an exceptionally illuminating book, in that, insubstantial as it is, this collection of snippets does let one see how vapid and narrow-minded the criticism of this most esteemed magazine mostly w...

  • Heather Mize

    This book is a treasure trove. Boom reviews, many by authors, pictures of authors, pictures of books, interviews with authors! There are a few misses - certain books not showcased that probably didn...

  • Diana N.

    A great book for book lovers/reviewers!It was very interesting to see some of the original reviews of books that we now consider classics. The photos in this book are great as well and show several of...