Mr. Eliot’s Martyrdom

Eliot’s Early Years by Lyndall Gordon

T.S. Eliot’s Personal Waste Land: Exorcism of the Demons by James E. Miller Jr.

T.S. Eliot: The Longer Poems by Derek Traversi

Reading Opera

Romantic Opera and Literary Form by Peter Conrad

Literature as Opera by Gary Schmidgall

Mozart and Beethoven: The Concept of Love in Their Operas by Irving Singer

Getting Down to Business

The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business by Alfred D. Chandler Jr.

America by Design: Science, Technology, and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism by David F. Noble

Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture by Stuart Ewen

Benevolent Adam Smith

The Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith, I. The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith, edited by D.D. Raphael and A.L. Macfie.

The Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith, II. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, edited by R.H. Campbell, edited by A.S. Skinner, textual editor W.B. Todd

Essays on Adam Smith edited by A.S. Skinner, edited by Thomas Wilson

The Market and the State: Essays in Honour of Adam Smith edited by Thomas Wilson, edited by Andrew S. Skinner

Short Reviews

The Lowell Offering: Writings by New England Mill Women, 1840-1845 edited by Benita Eisler

Twilight of the Old Order by Claude Manceron


Joseph Kerman is emeritus professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley. He began writing music criticism for The Hudson Review in the 1950s, and is a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books and many other journals. His books include Opera as Drama (1956; new and revised edition 1988), The Beethoven Quartets (1967), Contemplating Music (1986), Concerto Conversations (1999), and The Art of Fugue (2005).

Bernard Knox (1914–2010) was an English classicist. He was the first director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. Among his many books are The Heroic Temper, The Oldest Dead White European Males, and Backing into the Future: The Classical Tradition and Its Renewal. He is the editor of The Norton Book of Classical Literature and wrote the introductions and notes for Robert Fagles’s translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Susan Sontag (1933–2004) was a novelist, playwright, filmmaker, and one of the most influential critics of her generation. Her books include Against Interpretation, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, and The Volcano Lover.

John Updike (1932–2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. In 1954 he began to publish in The New Yorker, where he continued to contribute short stories, poems, and criticism until his death. His major work was the set of four novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit: Angstrom, he two of which, Rabbit is Richand Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last books were the novel The Widows of Eastwick and Due Considerations, a collection of his essays and criticism.

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was an American novelist, essayist, and playwright. His many works include the memoirs Point to Point Navigation and Palimpsest, the novels The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln, and the collection United States: Essays 1952–1992.

Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. He is the author, most recently, of The Future of the Catholic Church with 
Pope Francis.