The Political Impasse

Political Parties in the American Mold by Leon D. Epstein

The Paradox of Mass Politics: Knowledge and Opinion in the American Electorate by W. Russell Neuman

The Spanish Tragedy

The Spanish Civil War by Hugh Thomas

The Spanish Civil War: A History in Pictures introduction by Raymond Carr

Spanish Front: Writers on the Civil War edited by Valentine Cunningham

Voices Against Tyranny: Writing of the Spanish Civil War with an introduction by Stephen Spender, edited by John Miller

The Signal Was Spain: The Spanish Aid Movement in Britain, 1936–39 by Jim Fyrth

Prisoners of the Good Fight: The Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939 by Carl Geiser

Natives and Others

The Tewa World by Alfonso Ortiz

Four Masterworks of American Indian Literature edited by John Bierhorst

Diné Bahane’: The Navajo Creation Story translated by Paul G. Zolbrod

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe by Laurie Lisle

Edge of Taos Desert: Volume Four of Intimate Memories by Mabel Dodge Luhan

Mimbres Pottery: Ancient Art of the American Southwest essays by J.J. Brody and Catherine J. Scott and Steven A. LeBlanc, introduction by Tony Berlant

Santa Fe Style by Christine Mather and Sharon Woods

New Mexico Style by Nancy Hunter Warren


Robert M. Adams (1915-1996) was a founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature. He taught at the University of Wisconsin, Rutgers, Cornell and U.C.L.A. His scholarly interested ranged from Milton to Joyce, and his translations of many classic works of French literature continue to be read to this day.

John Bayley is a critic and novelist. His books include Elegy for Iris and The Power of Delight: A Lifetime in Literature.

Christopher Benfey is Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival. (May 2018)

Ian Buruma has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1985 and the magazine’s editor since September 2017. From 2003 to 2017 he was professor of human rights, democracy and journalism at Bard College. Buruma was born in 1951 in The Hague, Holland. He was educated at Leyden University, where he studied Chinese literature and history, and at Nihon University College of Arts, in Tokyo, where he studied cinema. Living in Japan from 1975 to 1981, Buruma worked as a film reviewer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. In the 1980s, Buruma was based in Hong Kong, where he edited the cultural section of the Far Eastern Economic Review, and from where he later travelled all over Asia as a freelance writer. Buruma was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 1991, and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 1999. He is a fellow of the European Council of Foreign Relations and a board member of Human Rights in China. In 2008, Buruma won the Erasmus Prize for “exceptional contributions to culture society, or social sciences in Europe.” Buruma has written over seventeen books, including The Wages of Guilt (1995), Murder in Amsterdam (2006), Year Zero (2013), and Theater of Cruelty (2014). He has won several prizes for his books, including the LA Times Book Prize for Murder in Amsterdam, and PEN-Diamonstein Spielvogel award for the art of the essay for Theater of Cruelty. His ­memoir, A Tokyo Romance, has just been published. (April 2018)

Stuart Hampshire (1914–2004) was an English philosopher. He taught at University College London, Princeton, Stanford and Oxford, where he was named Warden of Wadham College. His books include Thought and Action, Spinoza and Justice Is Conflict.

James Joll (1936–2011) was a British historian. His books include The Origins of the First World War and Europe Since 1870.

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.

David Lodge is a novelist and critic and Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, England. His novels include Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work, and A Man of Parts. His most recent works of criticism are Consciousness and the Novel and The Year of Henry James.