In Retrospect

August, 2010

In Retrospect: Vince Passaro on Joyce Johnson’s “Minor Characters”

by Vince Passaro | Aug-25-2010

In Critical Mass's ongoing "In Retrospect," in which contemporary critics revisit former winners and finalists for the National Book Critics Awards, »

In Retrospect: Wyatt Mason on Philip Roth’s “The Ghost Writer”

by Wyatt Mason | Aug-18-2010

The following essay on Philip Roth's 1979 NBCC finalist The Ghost Writer, from Nona Balakian Citation winning critic Wyatt Mason, is part of the »

May, 2010

In Retrospect: Scott Esposito on Norman Rush’s “Mating”

by Scott Esposito | May-23-2010

A Theory of Everything -- Norman Rush's "Mating"   The following essay by NBCC member Scott Esposito on Norman Rush's 1991 fiction finalist Mating, »

In Retrospect: Stephen Burt on A.R. Ammons’s “A Coast of Trees”

by Stephen Burt | May-18-2010

The following essay by NBCC board member Stephen Burt on A.R. Ammons, whose A Coast of Trees won the 1981 NBCC award in poetry, is part of the NBCC's " »

April, 2010

In Retrospect: Adam Kirsch on Robert Lowell’s “Day by Day”

by Adam Kirsch | Apr-26-2010

The following essay by Adam Kirsch on Robert Lowell's 1977 NBCC winner, "Day by Day," appeared in 2007 in the In Retrospect series on Critical Mass in »

September, 2009

In Retrospect: Maureen N. McLane on John Ashbery’s “Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror”

by Jane Ciabattari | Sep-11-2009

The following essay by NBCC board member and Balakian award winner Maureen N. McLane on John Ashbery’s “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror,” winner of »

May, 2009

In Retrospect:  My Alexandria by Mark Doty

by Eric Banks | May-09-2009

In this series, writers look back at past NBCC award winners. Here, poet Randall Mann revisits My Alexandria, by Mark Doty, recipient of the 1993 NBCC »

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