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Robert Alter

Robert Alter is Professor of the Graduate School and emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. His translation with commentary of the Hebrew Bible will be published at the beginning of December.

Man of  Letters

Man of Letters

Robert Alter

Adam Kirsch’s judicious selection of Lionel Trilling’s letters throws instructive light on both Trilling’s life and American intellectual culture from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Unsettling Days

Unsettling Days

Robert Alter

Assaf Gavron’s The Hilltop is a refreshing reminder that traditional realism is still an effective vehicle of insight into contemporary society and politics.

Proverbs 8:22-31

Robert Alter

Many have marveled at the wisdom of the biblical books attributed to King Solomon. Here, in a new translation by Robert Alter, is Proverbs' account of the birth of Wisdom herself, from The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary, now out with Norton.