Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-in Dangers of the American Automobile by Ralph Nader
Safety Last: An Indictment of the Auto Industry by Jeffrey O'Connell, by Arthur Myers
Papa Hemingway by A.E. Hotchner
Collected Works of Oliver Goldsmith edited by Arthur Friedman
The Last Years: Journals 1853-1855 by Sören Kierkegaard, edited and translated by Ronald Gregor Smith
The Uncompromising Heart: A Life of Marie Mancini by Françoise Mallet-Joris, translated by Patrick O'Brien
Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar, translated by Gregory Rabassa
The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs
Lunar Lines (poem)
The Savoy, Nineties Experiment edited by Stanley Weintraub
Conflict and Decision-Making in Soviet Russia: A Case Study of Agricultural Policy, 1953-1963 by Sidney Ploss
The Soviet Economy Since Stalin by Harry Schwartz
The Beginners by Dan Jacobson
Tenants of the House by Heather Ross Miller
Black Light by Galway Kinnell
The Old Man at the Railroad Crossing and Other Tales by William Maxwell
Pamphlets of the American Revolution (Volume I, 1750-1776) edited by Bernard Bailyn, edited by Jane N. Garrett
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.
Richard Ellmann (1918–1987) was an American critic and biographer. He taught at Northwestern, Oxford and Emory, where he was named Robert W. Professor in 1980. He won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for James Joycein 1959; a revised edition was awarded the James Tate Black Memorial Prize in 1982.
Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University. A recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is the author of three novels, a biography of Herman Melville, and four collections of essays. She was a co-founder and advisory editor of The New York Review of Books and contributed more than one hundred reviews, articles, reflections, and letters to the magazine. NYRB Classics publishes Sleepless Nights, a novel, and Seduction and Betrayal, a study of women in literature.
Norman Mailer (1923-2007) was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955 he co-founded The Village Voice. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner’s Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot’s Ghost; Oswald’s Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and The Castle in the Forest.
Nancy Mitford (1904–1973) was born into the British aristocracy and, by her own account, brought up without an education, except in riding and French. She managed a London bookshop during the Second World War, then moved to Paris, where she began to write her celebrated and successful novels, among them The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, about the foibles of the English upper class. Nancy Mitford was also the author of four biographies: Madame de Pompadour (1954; available as an NYRB Classic), Voltaire in Love (1957), The Sun King (1966), and Frederick the Great (1970). In 1967 Mitford moved from Paris to Versailles, where she lived until her death from Hodgkin’s disease.
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)
John Thompson is an English sociologist. He has published several studies of the media and communication in modern societies, including The Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Mediaand Political Scandal: Power and Visibility in the Media Age.