Matthew Price, writer and book critic

I write about books, history, and culture. My articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe's Ideas and Books sections, The Guardian, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, The New Yorker (“Briefly Noted”), The National (Abu Dhabi), The New York Observer, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Salon, The New York Sun, Vogue, and Bookforum. Learn more about me here.

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Farewell to Harry Eyres
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The Death of the Metro Daily, Con’t
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My Book of 2011: Into the Silence by Wade Davis
As a critic, you encounter all kinds of books. Some are just…

Critics: A Wretched Species?
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Matthew Price, writer and book critic


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