Joan Didion’s Priceless Sunglasses

An auction of the writer’s possessions is further confirmation of how, for Didion, style was not surface but essence.

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Georgia O’Keeffe Finally Arrives in Paris

A big solo exhibit brings O’Keeffe’s American sublime to European viewers.

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Oxford Handbook of Virginia Woolf Released

Virginia Woolf radically transformed the novel of manners, a form defined by a domestic setting, limited emotional range, and the centrality of social codes. Woolf expanded this to include the whole range of human experience, partly through the use of shifting interior voices who meditate on art, marriage, grief, love, ambition, empire, gender, and the sea. With one long beautiful narrative sweep, Woolf turned the novel of manners into a novel of ideas. This expansion has had a profound effect …

Expanded Edition of Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life Released

This new edition features a new foreword by the author setting O’Keeffe in an artistic context over the last thirty years since the book was first published, as well as previously unpublished letters of the young O’Keeffe to her lover, Arthur Macmahon. It also relates the story of Robinson’s own encounter with the artist.

How I Met the Reclusive Georgia O’Keeffe

The story of two encounters—one in life, the other on the page. Read at The New Yorker

Holding Virginia Woolf in Your Hands, in The New Yorker

Virginia Woolf and Roxana Robinson

“A Quid Pro Quo Mystery” in The New Yorker

Column by Mary Norris, called “A Quid Pro Quo Mystery”

A Writers’ Plea: Stop Using Quid Pro Quo

Letter to The New York Times: Please stop using “Quid Pro Quo.”