In conversation with Michael Gorra, the Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College and the editor of the Norton Critical Editions of As I Lay Dying, and The Sound and the Fury, and most recently The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War.
Kevin Birmingham is the author of The Most Dangerous Book, a “lively” and “impressively researched” (The Washington Post) history of James Joyce’s controversial Ulysses. A New York Times bestseller, it won the PEN New England Award and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. Birmingham’s other writing has appeared in such periodicals as The New York Times Book Review and Harper’s, and he was named a public scholar by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Sinner and the Saint reveals the incredible true story of the notorious 1830s Parisian murderer who inspired Fyodor Dostevsky’s magnum opus Crime and Punishment.