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John Freeman

John Freeman is the author of How to Read a Novelist (FSG Originals, 2013) and The Tyranny of E-​mail (Scribner, 2009). The former editor of Granta, he has published in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the New York Times, the Guardian, and elsewhere. He teaches at Columbia University and the New School.


Witness This

Summer 2014 | Poetry

Every April we unsheathed sofa cushions from their glassy wrappers,
perched tea on our laps, and became an audience for his four-decade

The Collected Poems of W. S. Merwin (two-volume set). Edited by J. D. McClatchy. Library of America, 2013. 1531p. HB, $75.

W. S. Merwin, the Eternal Apprentice

Fall 2013 | Criticism

Merwin's awesome range, intensity, and feral strangeness are evident in a new two-volume Library of America edition, beautifully edited by J. D. McClatchy. Nearly 1,500 pages in all, it represents an oeuvre so large as to make Robert Lowell’s prodigious output seem puny.