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Michael Gorra

Michael Gorra teaches English at Smith College. His books include After Empire, The Bells in Their Silence, and, as editor, the Norton Critical Edition of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Books by Michael Gorra

  1. Book CoverAs I Lay Dying


    Long been recognized not only as one of William Faulkner’s greatest works, but also as the most accessible of his major novels.More

  2. Book CoverThe Portrait of a Lady


    “Michael Gorra’s wise and worldly new critical edition of James’s first masterpiece will help readers of all persuasions appreciate The Portrait of a Lady as a brilliant experiment in the art of the novel; as a landmark in the emergence of American literature; and as an open-ended, quietly terrifying meditation on American identity in its encounter with the world.” —Mary Loeffelholz, Northeastern UniversityMore

  3. Book CoverPortrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece


    Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
    Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award: Biography
    One of the Best Books of 2012: The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, The Millions, Kirkus Reviews, Boston Phoenix


    A revelatory biography of the American master as told through the lens of his greatest novel.More

  4. Book CoverThe Sound and the Fury

    Third Edition

    “A man is the sum of his misfortunes.”
    —William Faulkner, The Sound and the FuryMore