Melancholia and Depression: From Hippocratic Times to Modern Times by Stanley W. Jackson
Sitting In: Selected Writings on Jazz, Blues and Related Topics by Hayden Carruth
His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra by Kitty Kelley
‘Round Midnight a film by Bernard Tavernier
La Tristesse de Saint Louis: Jazz Under the Nazis by Mike Zwerin
American Musicians: Fifty-six Portraits in Jazz by Whitney Balliett
In the Moment: Jazz in the 1980s by Francis Davis
A Life in Jazz by Danny Barker, edited by Alyn Shipton
Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II by Jason Berry, by Jonathan Foose, by Tad Jones
Shakespeare’s Lost Play: ‘Edmund Ironside’ edited by Eric Sams
Paintings from Books: Art and Literature in Britain, 1760–1900 by Richard D. Altick
Crime and Human Nature by James Q. Wilson, by Richard J. Herrnstein
Confronting Crime: An American Challenge by Elliott Currie
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.
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.
Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) was a novelist, essayist, and critic. Her political and social commentary, literary essays, and drama criticism appeared in magazines such as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The New York Review of Books, and were collected in On the Contrary (1961), Mary McCarthy’s Theatre Chronicles 1937-1962 (1963), The Writing on the Wall (1970), Ideas and the Novel (1980), and Occasional Prose (1985). Her novels include The Company She Keeps (1942), The Oasis (1949), The Groves of Academe (1952), A Charmed Life (1955), The Group (1963), Birds of America (1971), and Cannibals and Missionaries (1979). She was the author of three works of autobiography, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (1957), How I Grew (1987), and the unfinished Intellectual Memoirs (1992), and two travel books about Italy, Venice Observed (1956) and The Stones of Florence (1959). Her essays on the Vietnam War were collected in The Seventeenth Degree (1974); her essays on Watergate were collected in The Mask of State (1974).
V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932 and emigrated to England in 1950, when he won a scholarship to University College, Oxford. He is the author of many novels, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize. He has also written several nonfiction works based on his travels, including India: A Million Mutinies Now and Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples. He was knighted in 1990 and in 1993 was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize.