Michael Dirda, a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post
, received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He is the author of the memoir An Open Book
and of four collections of essays: Readings
, Bound to Please
, Book by Book
, and Classics for Pleasure
. His most recent book, On Conan Doyle
, received a 2012 Edgar Award for best critical/biographical work of the year.
Dirda graduated with Highest Honors in English from Oberlin College and earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature (medieval studies and European romanticism) from Cornell University. He is a contributor to The New York Review of Books
, The Times Literary Supplement
, the online Barnes & Noble Review
, and several other periodicals, as well as a frequent lecturer and an occasional college teacher. His new book, Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books
, will be out next summer.