Alienation: Marx’s Conception of Man in Capitalist Society by Bertell Ollman
Alienation and Economics by Walter Weiskopf
Letters of Giuseppe Verdi selected, translated, and edited by Charles Osborne
The Truth About Them by Jose Yglesias
The Room by Hubert Selby Jr.
The Book of Flights by J.M.G. Le Clézio, translated by Simon Watson Taylor
Natives of My Person by George Lamming
Children of Crisis: Volume II, Migrants, Sharecroppers and Mountaineers by Robert Coles
Children of Crisis: Volume III, The South Goes North by Robert Coles
Girl, 20 by Kingsley Amis
The Tiger’s Daughter by Bharati Mukherjee
A Tower in Babel: A History of Broadcasting in the United States to 1933 by Erik Barnouw
The Golden Web: A History of Broadcasting in the United States, 1933-1953 by Erik Barnouw
The Image Empire: A History of Broadcasting in the United States from 1953 by Erik Barnouw
Televi$ion: The Business Behind the Box by Les Brown
Cable Television in the Cities: Community Control, Public Access, Minority Ownership The Television of Abundance, Report of the Sloan Commission on Cable Communications, McGraw-Hill, 256 pp., $2.95. The reviewer participated as a consultant in the rep edited by Charles Tate
Guerrilla Television by Michael Shamberg. and Raindance Corporation
Struggle for Justice: A Report on Crime and Punishment in America prepared for the American Friends Service Committee
Maximum Security: Letters from California’s Prisons edited by Eve Pell. and members of the Prison Law Project
The Life of Benjamin Banneker by Silvio Bedini
Jazz Masters of the Thirties by Rex W. Stewart
Right to Challenge: People and Power in the Steelworkers Union by John Herling
War Comes to Long An: Revolutionary Conflict in a Vietnamese Province by Jeffrey Race
W.H. Auden (1907–1973) was an English poet, playwright, and essayist who lived and worked in the United States for much of the second half of his life. His work, from his early strictly metered verse, and plays written in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood, to his later dense poems and penetrating essays, represents one of the major achievements of twentieth-century literature.
Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) was a novelist, essayist, and critic. Her political and social commentary, literary essays, and drama criticism appeared in magazines such as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The New York Review of Books, and were collected in On the Contrary (1961), Mary McCarthy’s Theatre Chronicles 1937-1962 (1963), The Writing on the Wall (1970), Ideas and the Novel (1980), and Occasional Prose (1985). Her novels include The Company She Keeps (1942), The Oasis (1949), The Groves of Academe (1952), A Charmed Life (1955), The Group (1963), Birds of America (1971), and Cannibals and Missionaries (1979). She was the author of three works of autobiography, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (1957), How I Grew (1987), and the unfinished Intellectual Memoirs (1992), and two travel books about Italy, Venice Observed (1956) and The Stones of Florence (1959). Her essays on the Vietnam War were collected in The Seventeenth Degree (1974); her essays on Watergate were collected in The Mask of State (1974).
Jessica Mitford (1917–1996) was the daughter of Lord and Lady Redesdale, and she and her five sisters and one brother grew up in isolation on their parents’ Cotswold estate. Rebelling against her family’s hidebound conservatism, Mitford became an outspoken socialist and, with her second cousin and husband-to-be Esmond Romilly, ran away to fight against Franco in the Spanish Civil War. Romilly was killed in World War II, and Mitford moved to America, where she married the lawyer and political activist Robert Treuhaft. A brilliant muckraking journalist, Mitford was the author of, among other works, a memoir of her youth, Hons and Rebels (also published as an NYRB Classic); a study of the funeral industry, The American Way of Death; and Kind and Usual Punishment: The Prison Business. She died at the age of seventy-eight while working on a follow-up to The American Way of Death, for which, with characteristic humor, she proposed the title “Death Warmed Over.”
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.
I.F. Stone (1907–1989) was an American journalist and publisher whose self-published newsletter, I.F. Stone’s Weekly, challenged the conservatism of American journalism in the midcentury. A Noncomformist History of Our Times (1989) is a six-volume anthology of Stone’s writings.