Contents


The Last Bengali Renaissance Man

The Unicorn Expedition and Other Fantastic Tales of India by Satyajit Ray

The Home and the World A film directed by Satyajit Ray. produced by the National Film Development Corporation of India

Off to a Bad Start

The Launching of Modern American Science, 1846–1876 by Robert V. Bruce

Controlling Life: Jacques Loeb and the Engineering Ideal in Biology by Philip J. Pauly

The Case of the Colorblind Painter

Some Uncommon Observations About Vitiated Sight by Robert Boyle

“Disorders of Complex Visual Processing” by Antonio R. Damasio. in M-Marsel Mesulam, ed., Principles of Behavioral Neurology

Caspar Hauser by Anselm von Feuerbach

The Intelligent Eye by Richard L. Gregory

Physiological Optics Society of America, Washington, DC, 1924 by Hermann von Helmholtz. original edition 1856–1867, translation published by The Optical

“The Retinex Theory of Color Vision” by Edwin H. Land in Scientific American

Vision: A Computational Investigation into the Human Representation and Processing of Visual Information by David Marr

“Retinex Theory and Colour Constancy,” article by J.J. McCann in Richard L. Gregory, ed., The Oxford Companion to the Mind

“Colour Vision: Eye Mechanisms,” article by W.A.H. Rushton in Richard L. Gregory, ed., The Oxford Companion to the Mind

Remarks on Colour by Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The Construction of Colours by the Cerebral Cortex” an article by S. Zeki in Proceedings of the Royal Institution of Great Britain

“Selective Disturbance of Movement Vision after Bilateral Brain Damage” in Brain, article by J. Zihl et al.

Colourful Notions series The Nature of Things (1984) A film written and produced by John Roth

Frankenstein’s Mother

Mary Shelley: A Biography by Muriel Spark

The Journals of Mary Shelley: 1814?–1844, Vol. I, 1814?–1822 Vol. II, 1822?–1844 edited by Paula R. Feldman, edited by Diana Scott-Kilvert

Indian English

Hobson-Jobson: A Glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases, and of Kindred Terms, Etymological, Historical, Geographical and Discursive by Col. Henry Yule R.E., C.B. and A.C. Burnell Ph.D., C.I.E., new edition edited by William Crooke B.A.

Contributors

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.

Joseph Brodsky (1940–1996) was a Russian poet and essayist. Born in Leningrad, Brodsky moved to the United States when he was exiled from Russia in 1972. His poetry collections include A Part of Speech andTo Urania; his essay collections include Less Than One, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Watermark. In 1987, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He served as US Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1992.

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 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.

Natalie Zemon Davis is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton and Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author most recently of Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds. (May 2008)

Jonathan Galassi’s most recent books are Muse, a novel, and Left-Handed, a volume of poems. (May 2017)

E. J. Hobsbawm (1917–2012) was a British historian. Born in Egypt, he was educated at Cambridge; he taught at Birkbeck College and The New School. His works include The Age of Extremes; Globalisation, Democracy and Terrorism; and On Empire.

David Joravsky is Professor Emeritus of History at Northwestern. His books include The Lysenko Affairand Russian Psychology: A Critical History.

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.

Eugenio Montale was born in Genoa in 1896 and died in 1981. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1975. (November 2004)

Thomas Powers’s books include The Confirmation, a novel, and The Killing of Crazy Horse. (April 2017)

Oliver Sacks (1933–2015) was a physician and the author of over ten books, the most recent of which is On the Move: A Life.

Claire Tomalin is the author of many biographies, among them Jane Austen: A Life and Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self. Her new book, Charles Dickens: A Life, will be published in October. (September 2011)

Stephen Toulmin (1922–2009) was a British philosopher. First outlined in The Uses of Argument, his model for analyzing arguments has had a lasting influence on fields as diverse as law, computer science and communications theory. Toulmin’s other works include The Abuse of Casuistry: A History of Moral Reasoning and Return to Reason.

Robert Towers (1923–1995) was an American critic and novelist. Born in Virginia, Towers was educated at Princeton and served for two years as Vice Counsel at the American Consulate General in Calcutta before dedicating himself to literary studies. He taught English literature and creative writing at Princeton, Queens College and Columbia.

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.