Peter Brooks taught for many years at Yale, where he was Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature. He has written about Balzac in a number of books, including The Melodramatic Imagination, Reading for the Plot, Henry James Goes to Paris, and Enigmas of Identity. He is currently Andrew W. Mellon Scholar at Princeton and is at work on Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris.
Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa
Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids—And What We Can Do About It by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus
Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities by Martha C. Nussbaum
Dominique-Vivant Denon: L’oeil de Napoléon an exhibition at the Louvre, Paris, October 20, 1999–January 17, 2000
No Tomorrow by Vivant Denon, translated from the French by Lydia Davis, and with an introduction by Peter Brooks
Dominique-Vivant Denon, the subject of my piece in the November 19, 2009 issue of the New York Review of Books, is known above all as the first Director of the Louvre—which, under his guidance, became the first encyclopedic public museum. But he was also an artist prized for his travel sketches and engravings. Since I could only touch on this aspect of his career briefly in my piece, I offer here some further notes and selections from his work.