Contents


By Love Possessed

Holy Anorexia by Rudolph M. Bell, epilogue by William N. Davis

Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy by Judith C. Brown

The German Mystery Case

The Peculiarities of German History: Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany by David Blackbourn, by Geoff Eley

Reflexionen Finsterer Zeit: Zwei Vorträge by Fritz Stern, by Hans Jonas

Reactionary Modernism: Technology, Culture and Politics in Weimar and the Third Reich by Jeffrey Herf

The Ideological Origins of Nazi Imperialism by Woodruff D. Smith

EEK!

Dreadful Pleasures: An Anatomy of Modern Horror by James B. Twitchell

The Wonders of Star Wars

Star Warriors: A Penetrating Look Into the Lives of the Young Scientists Behind Our Space Age Weaponry by William J. Broad

How to Make Nuclear Weapons Obsolete by Robert Jastrow

Ballistic Missile Defense Technologies Congress of the United States, Office of Technology Assessment

Contributors

W.H. Auden (1907–1973) was an English poet, playwright, and essayist who lived and worked in the United States for much of the second half of his life. His work, from his early strictly metered verse, and plays written in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood, to his later dense poems and penetrating essays, represents one of the major achievements of twentieth-century literature.

Christopher Benfey is Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author, most recently, of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay.

 
(October 2014)

Gordon A. Craig (1913–2005) was a Scottish-American historian of Germany. He taught at both Princeton and Stanford, where he was named the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1979.

R. J. W. Evans is a Fellow of Oriel College and Regius Professor of History Emeritus at Oxford. His books include Austria, Hungary, and the Habsburgs: Central Europe, c. 1683–1867. (February 2014)

Sanford Friedman (1928–2010) was born in New York City. After graduating from the Horace Mann School and the Carnegie Institute of Technology, he was stationed as a military police officer in Korea, earning a Bronze Star. He began his career as a playwright and theater producer, and was later a writing instructor at Juilliard and SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). “Ocean,” a chapter from [Totempole](http://www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/totempole/?insrc=bohp), was serialized in Partisan Review in 1964 and won second prize in the 1965 O. Henry Awards. Totempole (1965) was followed by the novels A Haunted Woman (1968), Still Life (1975), and Rip Van Winkle (1980). At the time of his death, Friedman left behind an unpublished manuscript for the novel [Conversations with Beethoven](http://www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/conversations-with-beethoven/?insrc=rel), now available as an NYRB Classic.

Murray Kempton (1917-1997) was a columnist for Newsday, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. His books include Rebellions, Perversities, and Main Events and The Briar Patch, as well as Part of Our Time. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985.

James Merrill (1926–1995) was an American poet whose major work The Changing Light at Sandover describes a series of spirit communications conducted over many years. He won the National Book Award from his collections Nights and Days and Mirabell: Books of Number.

Edward Mortimer was until 2006 the Director of Communications in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. He is a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer at the Salzburg Global Seminar. (April 2008)

Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, with appointments in the Philosophy Department, the Law School, and the Divinity School. Her most recent book is Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach. (January 2001)

C. Vann Woodward (1908–1999) was a historian of the American South. He taught at Johns Hopkins and at Yale, where he was named the Sterling Professor of History. His books include Mary Chesnut’s Civil War and The Old World’s New World.

Lord Zuckerman (1904–1993) was a British zoologist and military strategist. Having advised the Allies on bombing strategy during World War II, he spent much of his later life campaigning for nuclear non-proliferation. Zuckerman was knighted in 1956 and made a life peer in 1971.