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China: How Much Dissent?

A Madman of Ch’u: The Chinese Myth of Loyalty and Dissent by Laurence A. Schneider

Dissent in Early Modern China: Ju-lin Wai-Shih and Ch’ing Social Criticism by Paul S. Ropp

China’s Intellectuals: Advise and Dissent by Merle Goldman

Beijing Street Voices: The Poetry and Politics of China’s Democracy Movement by David S.G. Goodman

The Glow of Irreality

Sounds by Wassily Kandinsky, translated by Elizabeth R. Napier

Kandinsky: The Improvisations” 1981 The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. April 26-September 7,

Contributors

Roger Sale is a critic and journalist. Until 1999, he was Professor of English at the University of Washington. His books include Modern Heroism: Essays on D. H. Lawrence, William Empson and J.R.R. Tolkien and On Not Being Good Enough: Writings of a Working Critic.

Jonathan Spence is Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. Among his books are The Death of Woman Wang, Treason by the Book, The Question of Hu, and The Search for Modern China.

Stephen Spender (1909–1995) was an English poet and essayist. As a young man, he became friends with W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Cecil Day-Lewis, and Christopher Isherwood, a loose collection often referred to as “the Auden Group” or “MacSpaunday.” He published many collections of poems, including The Still Centre and Ruins and Visions, and numerous volumes of nonfiction and other works, including Learning Laughterand Love-Hate Relations.

William Styron (1925–2006) was the author of several novels, including Sophie’s Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner.

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.

James Wolcott is the cultural critic for Vanity Fair.

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown. His latest book is The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States.