Contents


Rough Passage

The Panama Canal: The Crisis in Historical Perspective by Walter LaFeber

The Truth about the Panama Canal by Denison Kitchel

Surrender in Panama: The Case Against the Treaty by Philip M. Crane

The Delmore File

Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet by James Atlas

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories by Delmore Schwartz, foreword by Irving Howe, introduction by James Atlas

Wonderful Town!

The Ungovernable City by Douglas Yates

Bum Rap on America’s Cities: The Real Causes of Urban Decay by Richard S. Morris

To the Sideshow

Animals and Men: Their Relationship as Reflected in Western Art from Prehistory to the Present Day by Kenneth Clark

Freaks: Myths and Images of the Secret Self by Leslie Fiedler

A Fiedler Reader by Leslie Fiedler

Hello to All That

Julian Grenfell: His Life and the Times of His Death 1888-1915 by Nicholas Mosley

The Cousins: The Friendships, Opinions and Activities of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt and George Wyndham by Max Egremont

Contributors

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.

E. J. Hobsbawm (1917–2012) was a British historian. Born in Egypt, he was educated at Cambridge; he taught at Birkbeck College and The New School. His works include The Age of Extremes; Globalisation, Democracy and Terrorism; and On Empire.

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. She is the author of Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce, among other novels, and a memoir, Flyover Lives.
 (October 2017)

Alison Lurie is the Frederic J. Whiton Professor of American Literature Emerita at Cornell. She is the author of ten novels, two collections of essays on children’s literature, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Fairy Tales. Her most recent book is Reading for Fun. (March 2017)

Conor Cruise O’Brien (1917–2009) was an Irish historian and politician. He was elected to the Irish parliament in 1969 and served as a Minister from 1973 until 1977. His works include States of Ireland, The Great Melody and Memoir: My Life and Themes.

Roger Shattuck (1923–2005) was an American writer and scholar of French culture. He taught at Harvard, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, and Boston University, where he was named University Professor. His books includeForbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography.

Quentin Skinner is Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London. His latest book, Forensic Shakespeare, will be published later this year. (June 2014)

Ronald Steel is Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, a recent fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and the author of biographies of Walter Lippmann and Robert Kennedy.

Robert Towers (1923–1995) was an American critic and novelist. Born in Virginia, Towers was educated at Princeton and served for two years as Vice Counsel at the American Consulate General in Calcutta before dedicating himself to literary studies. He taught English literature and creative writing at Princeton, Queens College and Columbia.