The View from the Precipice

The Origins of Christian Art by Michael Gough

Handbook of the Byzantine Collection Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC

The Art of the Byzantine Empire, 312-1453 AD, Sources and Documents by Cyril Mango

The Early Churches of Constantinople: Architecture and Liturgy by Thomas F. Mathews

The Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai: The Church and Fortress of Justinian by George H. Forsyth, by Kurt Weitzmann

Treasures of Ireland: Irish Pagan and Early Christian Art by A.T. Lucas

The Poetry of Neruda

Residence on Earth by Pablo Neruda, translated by Donald D. Walsh

Extravagaria by Pablo Neruda, translated by Alastair Reid

Five Decades: A Selection (Poems: 1925-1970) by Pablo Neruda, edited and translated by Ben Belitt

Freud and Women

Psychoanalysis and Feminism: Freud, Reich, Laing, and Women by Juliet Mitchell

Women and Analysis edited by Jean Strouse

Psychoanalysis and Women edited by Jean Baker Miller

That’s Entertainment

Le Petit Théâtre de Jean Renoir directed by Jean Renoir

Jean Renoir by Raymond Durgnat

Harold and Maude directed by Hal Ashby

The Long View by Basil Wright


Alastair Reid is a poet, a prose chronicler, a translator, and a traveler. Born in Scotland, he came to the United States in the early 1950s, began publishing his poems in The New Yorker in 1951, and for the next fifty-odd years was a traveling correspondent for that magazine. Having lived in both Spain and Latin America for long spells, he has been a constant translator of poetry from the Spanish language, in particular the work of Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda. He has published more than forty books, among them a wordbook for children, Ounce Dice Trice, with drawings by Ben Shahn. Most recently, in 2008, he published in the U.K. two career-spanning volumes, Outside In: Selected Prose and Inside Out: Selected Poetry and Translations. The substance of Supposing… e gleaned from the many children who have influenced him, to all of whom he owes and dedicates the text.

Philip Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey, which has served as the setting for many of his novels. He won the National Book Award for his first book, Goodbye, Columbus, and for Sabbath’s Theater, the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral, and three PEN/Faulkner awards, for Operation Shylock, The Human Stain, and Everyman.

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.

Michael Wood is the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. His books include Literature and the Taste of Knowledge and Yeats and Violence

C. Vann Woodward (1908–1999) was a historian of the American South. He taught at Johns Hopkins and at Yale, where he was named the Sterling Professor of History. His books include Mary Chesnut’s Civil War and The Old World’s New World.