Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda is a weekly columnist for The Washington Post and a regular contributor to several other publications, including The New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and the online Barnes and Noble Review. He is the author of a memoir, An Open Book, and four collections of essays, Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book, and Classics for Pleasure. In 2012 his latest book, On Conan Doyle, received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.  Forthcoming in August 2015 is Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting and Living with Books. Dirda is currently at work on a study of popular fiction during the late 19th and early 20th century, tentatively titled “The Great Age of Storytelling.” Years ago, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his criticism and even earlier a Ph.D. in comparative literature--focusing on medieval studies and European romanticism--from Cornell University. He is a frequent lecturer and an occasional college teacher, most recently at the University of Maryland where he presented a two-semester course on the adventure novel.