Our search has the following Google-type functionality:
If you use '+' at the start of a word, that word will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry +Potter
Search results will contain 'Potter'.
If you use '-' at the start of a word, that word will be absent in the search results.
eg. Harry -Potter
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between 2 words, then both those words will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry AND Potter
Search results will contain both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'OR' between 2 words, then either or both of those words will be present in the search results.
eg. 'Harry OR Potter'
Search results will contain just 'Harry', or just 'Potter', or both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, that word will be absent in the search results. (This is the same as using the minus symbol).
eg. 'Harry NOT Potter'
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
If you use double quotation marks around words, those words will be present in that order.
eg. "Harry Potter"
Search results will contain 'Harry Potter', but not 'Potter Harry'.
If you use '*' in a word, it performs a wildcard search, as it signifies any number of characters. (Searches cannot start with a wildcard).
Search results will contain words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er', such as 'Potter'.
Bill Goldstein is the founding editor of the The New York Times books website and the book critic for the weekend edition of WNBC's 'Today in New York'. He is also curator of public programs at Roosevelt House, the public policy institute of New York's Hunter College. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he received a PhD in English from City University of New York Graduate Center in 2010, and is the recipient of writing fellowships at MacDowell, Yaddo, Ucross and elsewhere. He lives in New York.
This is a brilliant book about the birth of modernism, one that taught me something on every page ... You will feel - and be! - much smarter after you read it -- Edmund White The intimate peek into the lives, rivalries, and heartbreaks of these celebrated writers sustains an entertaining story about how great literature is made, and will please scholars and hardcore fans alike * Publisher's Weekly * Goldstein writes assuredly and well of the work of his chosen four exemplars... and he brings fresh eyes to all of them. An engaging, lightly worn literary study * Kirkus * The World Broke in Two beautifully captures a seismic moment of cultural rupture that, despite its shock and awe, left something new and exciting in its path * BookPage * Goldstein's ardently detailed, many-faceted story of a pivotal year illuminates all that these tormented visionaries had to overcome to make the modern happen * Booklist * Scholarly ... Goldstein traces his subjects' activities during the year to show how they reached breakthroughs that got their careers back on track * Library Journal * Brilliant, compelling, incisive. It transforms our understanding of modern literature -- Blanche Wiesen Cook, author, Eleanor Roosevelt, Volumes I, II, and III Stunningly written ... The World Broke in Two brilliantly illuminates the adventure that is the creative process -- Sherill Tippins, author of 'February House' and 'Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel' The World Broke in Two is a gem of collective - and interwoven - biography. Like the great modernists of fiction, Bill Goldstein pays keen imaginative attention to simultaneity; he surveys the literary landscape, and these four great peaks upon it, as if he were the pilot flying that famous airplane over Mrs. Dalloway. The reader is made to see the writers - paused, burgeoning, and on the brink - in strong relationship to one another. The result is a view and vision we've not had before -- Thomas Mallon, author of 'Yours Ever: People and Their Letters' The World Broke in Two is more fun to read than it has any right to be. Its subject - the overlapping neuroses, illnesses, and inspirations of four 20th Century greats - would seem familiar territory. But Bill Goldstein is such a companionable writer and his narrative is so full of telling detail that we encounter each of these writers anew. The result is a book that anyone interested in the vicissitudes of the writing life - then or now - will read with hunger. Like all good accounts of writing, it draws us back to the books themselves. -- Adam Haslett, author of 'Imagine Me Gone' What a masterpiece this book is! So captivating, so original, so full of energy, insights and analysis! Bill Goldstein's brilliant work will be read with great pleasure not only by those who think they already know his famous subjects, but by all readers who love history and biography -- Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of 'Team of Rivals' and 'The Bully Pulpit'