Kevin Young on how sixty years of the writer Ralph Ellison’s letters chart his evolution from iconoclast to icon.
Hilton Als on Joan Didion’s early fiction, in which the standard narratives of women’s lives are mangled, altered, and rewritten all the time.
Casey Cep on William Monroe Trotter, who rejected the view that racial equality could come in stages.
Dan Chiasson on the work of Charles Wright, whose poems have taken many audacious forms and sound little like one another.
Women played essential behind-the-scenes roles as the American movie industry was taking off, Margaret Talbot writes. What happened?