The Apotheosis of John F. Kennedy

Young John Kennedy by Gene Schoor

The Kennedy Wit edited by Bill Adler

Of Poetry and Power edited by Erwin A. Gilkes, edited by Paul Schwaber

The Kennedy Years by the editors of the New York Times and Viking Press

Kennedy Without Tears: The Man Beneath the Wit by Tom Wicker

The Founding Father: The Story of Joseph P. Kennedy by Richard J. Whalen

A Day in the Life of President Kennedy by Jim Bishop

The Great Amateur

The Letters of John Ruskin to Lord and Lady Mount-Temple edited with an Introduction by John Lewis Bradley

The Art Criticism of John Ruskin edited with an Introduction by Robert L. Herbert

Ruskin Today edited by Kenneth Clark

Soldiers of the Queen

The Model Major General: A Biography of Field-Marshal Lord Wolseley by Joseph Lehmann

The Royal George, 1819-1904: The Life of H. R. H. Prince George Duke of Cambridge by Giles St. Aubyn


Dramatic personages by Denis de Rougemont, translated by Richard Howard

Love Declared: Essays on the Myths of Love by Denis de Rougemont, translated by Richard Howard

The Present in the Past

A History of French Civilization: From the Year 1000 to the Present by Georges Duby and Robert Mandrou, translated by James Blakely Atkinson


Geoffrey Barraclough (1908–1984) was a British historian.

M. I. Finley (1912-1986), the son of Nathan Finkelstein and Anna Katzellenbogen, was born in New York City. He graduated from Syracuse University at the age of fifteen and received an MA in public law from Columbia, before turning to the study of ancient history. During the Thirties Finley taught at Columbia and City College and developed an interest in the sociology of the ancient world that was shaped in part by his association with members of the Frankfurt School who were working in exile in America. In 1952, when he was teaching at Rutgers, Finley was summoned before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee and asked whether he had ever been a member of the Communist Party. He refused to answer, invoking the Fifth Amendment; by the end of the year he had been fired from the university by a unanimous vote of its trustees. Unable to find work in the US, Finley moved to England, where he taught for many years at Cambridge, helping to redirect the focus of classical education from a narrow emphasis on philology to a wider concern with culture, economics, and society. He became a British subject in 1962 and was knighted in 1979. Among Finley’s best-known works are The Ancient Economy, Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology, and The World of Odysseus.

Peter Gay is Director of the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He wrote Schnitzler’s Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture, 1815–1914.

Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.