Contents


Light from Above

A Voice from the Chorus by Abram Tertz (Andrei Sinyavsky), Translated from the Russian by Kyril Fitzlyon, by Max Hayward

The American Revolution: Who Were ‘The People’?

America Confronts a Revolutionary World, 1776-1976 by William Appleman Williams

The American Revolution Within America by Merrill Jensen

The American Revolution: Explorations in the History of American Radicalism edited by Alfred F. Young

Artisans for Independence: Philadelphia Mechanics and the American Revolution by Charles S. Olton

Tom Paine and Revolutionary America by Eric Foner

The Minutemen and Their World by Robert A. Gross

Bioethics’: The Case of the Fetus

Research on the Fetus: The Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Federal Register

The Ethics of Fetal Research by Paul Ramsey

Contributors

Sybille Bedford (1911–2006) was born Sybille von Schoenebeck in Charlottenburg, Germany, to an aristocratic German father and a partly Jewish, British-born mother. Raised variously in Germany, Italy, France, and England, she lived with her mother and Italian stepfather after her father’s death when she was seven, and was educated privately. Encouraged by Aldous Huxley, Bedford began writing fiction at the age of sixteen and went on to publish four novels, all influenced by her itinerant childhood among the European aristocracy: A Legacy (1956), A Favourite of the Gods (1963), A Compass Error (1968), and Jigsaw (1989, short-listed for the Booker Prize). She married Walter Bedford in 1935 and lived briefly in America during World War II, before returning to England. She was a prolific travel writer, the author of a two-volume biography of her friend Aldous Huxley, and a legal journalist, covering nearly one hundred trials. In 1981 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire.

Alexander Cockburn edits the newsletter CounterPunch and writes columns for the Los Angeles Times and The Nation.

Rosemary Dinnage’s books include The Ruffian on the Stair, One to One: Experiences of Psychotherapy, and Annie Besant.

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.

John Hollander is Sterling Professor Emeritus of English at Yale.

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. She is the author of Lulu in Marrakech 
and Le Divorce, among other novels. Her most recent book is 
Flyover Lives.


Robert Mazzocco is an American poet and critic.

Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. His most recent book is The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America. (June 2011)

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932 and emigrated to England in 1950, when he won a scholarship to University College, Oxford. He is the author of many novels, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize. He has also written several nonfiction works based on his travels, including India: A Million Mutinies Now and Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples. He was knighted in 1990 and in 1993 was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize.

Peter Singer is the Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of *Animal Liberation*, the editor of *In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave*, and, with Paola Cavalieri, co-editor of *The Great Ape Project*.

A.J.P. Taylor (1906–1990) was a British diplomatic historian.

Garry Wills holds the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture at Emory. He is the author of The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis.

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