Violent Places

The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake foreword by James Alan McPherson, afterword by John Casey

Ironweed by William Kennedy

Ruskin Our Contemporary?

The Wider Sea: A Life of John Ruskin by John Dixon Hunt

The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and John Ruskin edited by George Allan Cate

The Ruskin Polygon edited by John Dixon Hunt and Faith M. Holland

New Approaches to Ruskin: Thirteen Essays edited by Robert Hewison

Studies in Ruskin: Essays in Honor of Van Akin Burd edited by Robert E. Rhodes and Del Ivan Janik

Letters from the Continent 1858 edited by John Hayman

Ruskin and the Art of the Beholder by Elizabeth K. Helsinger

Ruskin and Venice by Jeanne Clegg

Ruskinian Gothic: The Architecture of Deane and Woodward, 1845-1861 by Eve Blau

The Poison Sky: Myth and Apocalypse in Ruskin by Raymond E. Fitch

Ruskin’s Maze: Mastery and Madness in His Art by Jay Fellows


John Ashbery is the author of several books of poetry, including Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975), which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. His first collection, Some Trees (1956), was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. He has also published art criticism, plays, and a novel. From 1990 until 2008 Ashbery was the Charles P. Stevenson, Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. Ashbery’s new collection of poems, Breezeway, will be ­published in May 2015.

Philip Gossett is the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. His reconstruction of Gustavo III, the original version of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, had its première at the Göteborg Opera in Sweden this past September. (March 2003)

Ian Hacking teaches philosophy at the University of Toronto. From 2000 to 2006 Hacking held the chair of Philosophy and History of Scientific Concepts at the Collège de France. His most recent book is Historical Ontology.

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.

Alfred Kazin (1915–1998) was a writer and teacher. Among his books are On Native Grounds, a study of American literature from Howells to Faulkner, and the memoirs A Walker in the Cityand New York Jew. In 1996, he received the first Lifetime Award in Literary Criticism from the Truman Capote Literary Trust.