Upstate: Records and Recollections of Northern New York by Edmund Wilson
Nabokov’s Deceptive World by William Woodin Rowe
Mass September 8, 1971 by Leonard Bernstein
Pushkin by Henri Troyat, translated by Nancy Amphoux
Pushkin on Literature translated and edited by Tatiana Wolff
Pushkin: A Comparative Commentary by John Bayley
Political Change in California: Critical Elections and Social Movements, 1890-1966 by Michael Paul Rogin, by John L. Shover
Reagan and Reality: The Two Californias by Edmund G. (Pat) Brown
Ronnie and Jesse: A Political Odyssey by Lou Cannon
The Destruction of California by Raymond F. Dasmann
Anti-California: Report from Our First Parafascist State by Kenneth Lamott
The Secret Boss of California by Arthur H. Samish, by Bob Thomas
The Rise of the Romanovs by Vasili Kliuchevsky, translated by Liliana Archibald
Russia in World History, Selected Essays by M.N. Pokrovsky, translated by Roman Szporluk, translated by Mary Ann Szporluk
Russia in the Era of Peter the Great by L. Jay Oliva
The Tsars: From Ivan the Terrible to Nicholas II, 1533-1917 by Ronald Hingley
The Tragic Dynasty: A History of the Romanovs by John Bergamini
The Romanovs: Three Centuries of an Ill-Fated Dynasty by E.M. Almedingen
Years of the Golden Cockerel: The Last Romanov Tsars, 1814-1917 by Sidney Harcave
The Cossacks by Philip Longworth
Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie
P.D. Medawar (1915–1987) was a British biologist whose research was fundamental to the development of tissue and organ transplants. Along with Frank Macfarlane Burnet, he was awarded the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Robert Craft is a conductor and writer. Craft’s close working friendship with Igor Stravinsky is the subject of his memoir, An Improbable Life. In 2002 he was awarded the International Prix du Disque at the Cannes Music Festival.
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.
Martin Malia is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author, most recently, of Russia Under Western Eyes, from the Bronze Horseman to the Lenin Mausoleum. (November 2001)
Virgil Thomson (1896–1989) was a composer and critic. He collaborated extensively with Gertrude Stein, who wrote the libretti for his operas Four Saints in Three Actsand The Mother of Us All. In 1988 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Jonathan Miller has directed operas and plays throughout the world, most recently Pelléas and Mélisande at the Metropolitan Opera. His many books include The Body in Question, States of Mind, On Reflection, and Nowhere in Particular. The article that appears in this issue is based on a talk given at the New York Public Library. (May 2000)
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)
V.S. Pritchett (1900–1997) was a British essayist, novelist and short story writer. He worked as a foreign correspondent for the The Christian Science Monitorand as a literary critic forNew Statesman. In 1968 Pritchett was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire; he was knighted in 1975. His body of work includes many collections of short stories, in addition to travelogues, reviews, literary biographies and novels.