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Dirda, Michael

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(1948-    ) US editor, journalist and author, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for his journalism; as a Book World editor for the Washington Post (1978-2003) he was an influential advocate of sf as a form of literature worth serious attention, creating and editing a monthly sf column by various critics, as well as making room for individual reviews. He now writes a weekly column for the Post; his work also appears in the New York Review of Books and elsewhere. He is in his own right a genuinely competent sf critic, examples of his responses featuring in various collections, beginning with Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments (coll 2000). On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling (2011) deals not only with Sherlock Holmes but with Arthur Conan Doyle's sf as well. [JC]

Michael Dirda

born Lorain, Ohio: 6 November 1948

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