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Talking About Words

Travel books

Consumed with unrelenting wanderlust this summer? Escape to your local library, says Nicholas Delbanco.

What lasts, what fades away

With Harper Lee’s recent death, author Nicholas Delbanco ponders “the writer’s trade” in modern times.

The voice not stilled

Nicholas Delbanco joins a long line of literary “adepts” who once received instruction at a master’s feet.

Who said that?

Talk about irony: You coin a popular catchphrase and yet few know or care who wrote the words.

Happily ever after?

Nicholas Delbanco strolls down Lovers’ Lane (in the literary sense) and ponders the nature of romance in writing.