About The Brothers Karamazov
John Dickerson joins Slate’s Year of Great Books to discuss what Dostoevsky’s novel teaches us about the limits of reason in a changing world.
The Long-Standing (and Kind of Trolly) Divide Between Dostoevsky People and Tolstoy PeopleElif Batuman joins Slate’s Year of Great Books to discuss what makes Russian literature so distinctive.
Introducing Borges’ FiccionesOur next selection for A Year of Great Books is both metaphysical and pulpy.
Trollope’s Worthless Young MenThe Victorian novelist brilliantly captured the dithering of twentysomethings in love.
Hear Barchester TowersA special gift from Audible for Slate Plus members: an audiobook of our next selection for a Year of Great Books.
The Virgil of NebraskaWhat Willa Cather’s style shows us about memory, and how we should think about her lesbianism.
Growing Up BrontëThe productive, creative childhood of the Brontë sisters and how it influenced Jane Eyre.
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Year of Great Books: About Tristram Shandy Read what Will and Laura learned from reading Laurence Sterne’s digressive masterpiece.
About Tristram ShandyEverything we learned about humor, satire, and leading a good life from Laurence Sterne’s digressive masterpiece.
Tristram Shandy: The Comic BookGraphic novelist Martin Rowson on how he adapted Sterne’s unadaptable masterpiece.
Introducing The Brothers KaramazovOur final Year of Great Books selection is a philosophical novel, a family drama, a murder mystery, and a love story. It’s also an immortal masterpiece.
About Barchester TowersEverything Slate’s Year of Great Books learned from Anthony Trollope’s workplace comedy.
What’s It Like to Be an Audiobook Narrator?Simon Vance talks to Year of Great Books about narrating female characters, why he uses accents, and the many voices of Barchester Towers.
Introducing Barchester TowersOur next selection for A Year of Great Books is an intensely enjoyable workplace comedy from 19th-century England.
Growing Up My ÁntoniaThe writer and radio host Kurt Andersen talks about reading Willa Cather under the epic prairie skies of his native Nebraska.
Introducing My ÁntoniaOur next selection for a Year of Great Books is an aching portrait of unrequited longing and the untamed West.
Win a Copy of My ÁntoniaPenguin Classics is helping Slate Plus members celebrate the next selection in Slate’s Year of Great Books.
About Jane EyreEverything Slate’s Year of Great Books learned about love, identity, and feminism from Charlotte Brontë’s realist masterwork.
Between Upstairs and DownstairsTo understand Jane Eyre, you have to understand the precarious status of the Victorian governess.
Understanding Tristram ShandyLaurence Sterne’s novel mocks “expert authorities.” Here’s what two of them had to say to our book club.
Introducing Jane EyreOur next selection for A Year of Great Books is a novel of identity in the guise of a love story.
A Triumphant FailureFor Sterne, the central fact of life is impotence. His hero is wise enough to embrace it.
Tristram Shandy Was a Runaway Best-Seller. What Did That Mean in 1760?For one thing authors still had to suck up to famous actors.