Parul Sehgal

An ode to envy

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What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its "loneliness, longevity, grim thrill" — that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge.

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Parul Sehgal · Literary critic

Parul Sehgal is an editor for "The New York Times Book Review."

Parul Sehgal is an editor for "The New York Times Book Review."