Eleanor and Franklin: The Story of Their Relationship Based on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Private Papers by Joseph P. Lash

Passage to Cathay

The Voyages of Giovanni da Verrazzano, 1524-1528 by Lawrence C. Wroth

The Beginnings of Modern Colonization by Charles Verlinden, translated by Yvonne Freccero

The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages by Samuel Eliot Morison

Beyond the Capes: Pacific Exploration from Captain Cook to the Challenger (1776-1877) by Ernest S. Dodge

The Politics of Karma

Buddhism and Society by Melford E. Spiro

Religion and Change in Contemporary Asia edited by Robert F. Spencer

Islam Observed by Clifford Geertz

Short Reviews

Conversations: Literature and the Modernist Deviation by George P. Elliott

The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times by Tony Heilbut

Who Owns America? by Walter J. Hickel

No Cause for Indictment: An Autopsy of Newark by Ron Porambo

The Mythology of Imperialism by Jonah Raskin


Christopher Ricks teaches at Boston University in the Core Curriculum and the Editorial Institute and is a former president of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. From 2004 to 2009 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. His recent books include True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound and Decisions and Revisions in T.S. Eliot.

Stephen Spender (1909–1995) was an English poet and essayist. As a young man, he became friends with W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Cecil Day-Lewis, and Christopher Isherwood, a loose collection often referred to as “the Auden Group” or “MacSpaunday.” He published many collections of poems, including The Still Centre and Ruins and Visions, and numerous volumes of nonfiction and other works, including Learning Laughterand Love-Hate Relations.

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was an American novelist, essayist, and playwright. His many works include the memoirs Point to Point Navigation and Palimpsest, the novels The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln, and the collection United States: Essays 1952–1992.

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.