IN THE REVIEW

Time Trips

The Camberwell Beauty and Other Stories

by V.S. Pritchett

Ending Up

by Kingsley Amis
At a dinner given in honor of his eighty-fifth birthday, I heard Leonard Woolf say that there were two compensations for old age, First, after seventy you become subjectively better: minor ailments vanish and you feel more tonic. Secondly, after eighty you become objectively better: people who once disliked or …

O Calcutta!

The Diary of Samuel Pepys

edited by Robert Latham, edited by William Matthews. contributing editors: and William A. Armstrong and MacDonald Emslie and Oliver Miller and the late T.F Reddaway
Blessed be God, at the end of the last year I was in very good health, without any sense of my old pain but upon taking cold. I lived in Axe-yard, having my wife and servant Jane, and no more in family than us three. My wife, after the absence …

Lichtenberg: Body Language & A Dream

Hogarth on High Life: The Marriage à la Mode Series from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's Commentaries

translated and edited by Arthur S. Wensinger and W.B. Coley

Aphorisms and Letters

by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, translated and edited by Franz Mautner and Henry Hatfield
“Chief employment of my life, to observe people’s faces,” Lichtenberg wrote in his diary in 1771. In fact, his chief occupation was teaching physics at Göttingen; he was also an astronomer of distinction (one of the craters of the moon is named after him), a mathematician, a philosopher, a brilliant …

Good Camper

Ronald Firbank: A Biography

by Miriam J. Benkovits

Five Novels

by Ronald Firbank
“I suppose I’m getting squeamish! But this Ronald Firbank I can’t take to at all. Valmouth! Was there ever a novel more coarse? I assure you I hadn’t gone very far when I had to put it down.” “It’s out,” Mrs. Bedley suavely said, “as well,” she added, “as the …

Happy Families

ADA or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

by Vladimir Nabokov
“Ardis Hall—the Ardors and Arbors of Ardis—this is the leitmotiv rippling through Ada, an ample and delightful chronicle, whose principal part is staged in a dream-bright America—for are not our childhood memories comparable to Vineland-born caravelles, indolently encircled by the white birds of dreams? The protagonist, a scion of one …

K.

The Trial

by Franz Kafka

The Terror of Art: Kafka and Modern Literature

by Martin Greenberg
Kafka’s drawings, said to be newly discovered and now published for the first time, are witty, disturbing, and rather like Rorschach ink-blots. This is not surprising, since the writings themselves are like ink-blots, and the manifold interpretations (a sample of which can be found in the collection of essays edited …