Meyer Schapiro, who died in 1996, taught for many years at Columbia. He was one of the most influential art historians of the last century and a contributor to The New York Review. Meyer Schapiro Abroad: Letters to Lillian and Travel Notebooks, in which the letters in this issue appear, will be published in January by Getty. (December 2008)

IN THE REVIEW

Among Noble Monks

In July 1926, Meyer Schapiro (1904–1996), who would later become one of the great art historians of his time, began a fifteen-month journey, funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, to Europe and the Near East to research his doctoral thesis on the Romanesque sculpture of the abbey of …

A Dream

It seemed to me that I was floating far above the earth, toward a transfigured old man whose appearance filled me with something higher than mere respect. Whenever I opened my eyes toward him, I was penetrated by an irresistible feeling of reverence and trust, and I was about to …

Dangerous Acquaintances

Friendship and Fratricide, an Analysis of Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss

by Meyer A. Zeligs M.D.
In answer to the appeal of the English judge, Earl Jowitt, that American psychiatrists look into the “baffling” case of Chambers and Hiss, a psychoanalyst has spent six years investigating the two men. There was the difficulty that Chambers would not let himself be interviewed and died in the course …

Poem

He lived in torment with imagined threats, Spinning a thread of hostile signs, Brooding on friends as secret enemies And seeking among indifferent minds a friend. Silenced was Delmore’s joyous wit, His bright good sense and irony Recounting the folly of worldliness …