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Allen, Brooke. “Painted into History.” New Criterion 13, no. 3 (November 1994): 78-80.

Allen praises Mallon's prose style in Henry and Clara, but expresses discomfort with Mallon's fictionalization of real people.

Friedman, Roger Davis. “Academia Nuts.” Chicago Tribune Books (20 March 1988): 5.

Friedman lauds the humor in Arts and Sciences, but argues that the novel encompasses an extremely limited world.

Kaufmann, James. “A Boy and the Space Race in 1962.” Chicago Tribune Books (3 February 1991): 7.

Kaufmann compliments Mallon for his mastery of period detail in Aurora 7, though notes that “it is hard at moments to locate the book's emotional heart.”

Malone, Michael. “Fiction in Review.” Yale Review 85, no. 3 (July 1997): 135-41.

Malone discusses how Mallon brings life to historical events in Dewey Defeats Truman.

Mosle, Sara. “Russian Lessons.” New York Times Book Review (3 February 2002): section 7, p. 9.

Mosle compliments Mallon's portrayal of Ruth Paine in Mrs. Paine's Garage and the Murder of John F. Kennedy, but argues that Mallon occasionally lapses into conspiracy theory and the work “too often has the feel of a magazine story (albeit a good one) stretched to book length.”

Pinsker, Sanford. Review of In Fact: Essays on Writers and Writing, by Thomas Mallon. New Criterion 19, no. 7 (March 2001): 70.

Pinsker lauds Mallon's independent-minded and insightful essays in In Fact.

Schwendener, Peter. “Precincts of Elsewhere.” New Criterion 15, no. 4 (December 1996): 72-4.

Schwendener offers a positive assessment of Mallon's portrayal of history in Dewey Defeats Truman.

Additional coverage of Mallon's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 110; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 29, 57, 92; and Literature Resource Center.

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