The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby by Tom Wolfe
Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom and Other Writings by Marquis de Sade, compiled and translated by Richard Seaver, by Austyn Wainhouse, with Introductions by Jean Paulhan, by Maurice Blanchot
A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by H.W. Fowler, Second Edition, revised and edited by Sir Ernest Gowers
The Careful Writer by Theodore M. Bernstein
A Dictionary of Usage and Style by Roy H. Copperud
Manchild In the Promised Land by Claude Brown
The Modern Tradition: Backgrounds of Modern Literature edited by Richard Ellmann, edited by Charles Feidelson Jr.
The European Right: A Historical Profile edited by Hans Rogger, edited by Eugen Weber
Preface to Bonhoeffer, The Man and Two of his Shorter Writings by John D. Godsey
No Rusty Swords by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, translated by John Bowden
Ethics by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, translated by Neville Horton Smith
James, Seumas and Jacques: Unpublished Writings of James Stephens edited by Lloyd Frankenberg
James Stephens: His Work and an Account of His Life by Hilary Pyle
Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution by Christopher Hill
Youth and the Social Order by F. Musgrove
Society and the Adolescent Self-Image by Morris Rosenberg
The Social Context of Ambition by Ralph Turner
Denis Donoghue is University Professor at New York University, where he holds the Henry James Chair of English and American Letters. His works include The Practice of Reading, Words Alone: The Poet T.S. Eliot, and The American Classics.
Paul Goodman (1911–1972) was an American social critic, psychologist, poet, novelist, and anarchist. His writings appeared in Politics, Partisan Review, The New Republic, Commentary, The New Leader, Dissent, and The New York Review of Books. He published several well-regarded books in a variety of fields—including city planning, Gestalt therapy, literary criticism, and politics—before Growing Up Absurd, cancelled by its original publisher and turned down by a number of other presses, was brought out by Random House in 1960.
Vladimir Nabokov died in 1977. The translation in this issue appears in Verses and Versions, a collection of Nabokov’s translations of three centuries of Russian poetry, published this month by Harcourt. (November 2008)
Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) is widely regarded as the preeminent American man of letters of the twentieth century. Over his long career, he wrote for Vanity Fair, helped edit The New Republic, served as chief book critic for The New Yorker, and was a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. Wilson was the author of more than twenty books, including Axel’s Castle, Patriotic Gore, and a work of fiction, Memoirs of Hecate County.
Dwight Macdonald (1906–1982) was born in New York City and educated at Exeter and Yale. On graduating from college, he enrolled in Macy’s executive training program, but soon left to work for Henry Luce at Time and Fortune, quitting in 1936 because of cuts that had been made to an article he had written criticizing U.S. Steel. From 1937 to 1943, Macdonald was an editor of Partisan Review and in 1944, he started a journal of his own, Politics, whose contributors included Albert Camus, Victor Serge, Simone Weil, Bruno Bettelheim, James Agee, John Berryman, Meyer Schapiro, and Mary McCarthy. In later years, Macdonald reviewed books for The New Yorker, movies for Esquire, and wrote frequently for The New York Review of Books.
John Weightman (1915–2004) was a critic and literary scholar. After working as a translator and announcer for the BBC French service, Weightman turned to the study of French literature. He taught at King’s College London and the University of London. His books include The Concept of the Avant-Gardeand The Cat Sat on the Mat: Language and the Absurd.