A Nation in Torment: The Great American Depression, 1929-1939 by Edward Robb Ellis
Hard Times by Studs Terkel
The Block by Herb Goro
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory by Anita Bryant
The Search for a Third Way by Heinz Brandt, with a Foreword by Erich Fromm
Our Own People by Elisabeth K. Poretsky
Men in Prison by Victor Serge
Hogarth on High Life: The Marriage à la Mode Series from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg’s Commentaries translated and edited by Arthur S. Wensinger and W.B. Coley
Aphorisms and Letters by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, translated and edited by Franz Mautner and Henry Hatfield
The Unheavenly City by Edward Banfield
1968 by Richard Stern
The File on Stanley Patton Buchta by Irvin Faust
The Bamboo Bed by William Eastlake
The Park by Philippe Sollers, translated by A.M. Sheridan Smith
Literature and the Sixth Sense by Philip Rahv
The Writing on the Wall by Mary McCarthy
Neal Ascherson is the author of The Struggles for Poland, The Black Sea, and Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986), a giant in Latin American letters, wrote numerous books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and was a prodigious translator of authors such as Kipling, Woolf, Faulkner, and Poe. He was a regular contributor to Victoria Ocampo’s journal Sur, and a frequent dinner guest of Silvina Ocampo and Bioy Casares. Over one of their legendary conversations, the three friends came upon the idea of editing the Antología de la Literatura Fantástica, which was published in 1940.
D.J. Enright (1920–2002) was a British poet, novelist and critic. He held teaching positions in Egypt, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In 1981 Enright was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.
Murray Kempton (1917-1997) was a columnist for Newsday, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. His books include Rebellions, Perversities, and Main Events and The Briar Patch, as well as Part of Our Time. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985.
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.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg was born in 1742 in Oberramstadt, Germany. In 1763 he joined the University of Gottingen where he studied mathematics and the natural sciences and, in 1770 was appointed a professor at the university. In addition to his scientific writings, he wrote Letters from England and a book on Hogarth’s etchings. Lichtenberg died in 1799.
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)