| May 19, 2008
Adapt a classic novel for the stage and you're bound to come up with a few memorable moments of drama. It's like buying an artistic insurance policy -- no matter how badly your adaptation fails, the original novel is there to save you from total disaster....
| Jul 1, 2008
As Southern California's inaugural Festival of New American Musicals winds to a close, some observers and participants are raising this question: How, exactly, does this festival define the word "new"?
The wide-ranging event -- which began May 1 and...
| Dec 19, 2007
| 6:21 AM
Frank Doubleday publishes Theodore Dreiser's novel that helps establish an enduring Chicago tradition: fiction in the raw, tawdry but compassionate.
Published on this date, Theodore Dreiser's "Sister Carrie" was among the most auspicious debuts in...
| Nov 1, 2009
| 2:47 PM
LOS ANGELES -- USC President Steven B. Sample, who dramatically boosted the university's academic prestige, financial resources and civic engagement during nearly 19 years as its leader, says he will step down from the post next summer.
Sample, who turns...
| Sep 8, 2009
Richard Poirier, a literary critic and writer who was one of the founders of the Library of America, a monumental effort to keep American literary classics in print and accessible to the reading public, died Aug. 15 at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. He...
| Apr 5, 2009
People Are Unappealing
True Stories of Our Collective
Capacity to Irritate and Annoy
Three Rivers Press: 224 pp., $13.95 paper
These days, the market is pretty well saturated when it comes to memoir. Which means it has to be good; it...