The Ways of Survival

Jakob Littners Aufzeichnungen aus einem Erdloch by Wolfgang Koeppen

A Feast in the Garden by George Konrád, translated by Imre Goldstein

The American Dilemma

Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal by Andrew Hacker

The Dispossessed: America’s Underclasses from the Civil War to the Present by Jacqueline Jones

The Possessed

Crackhouse: Notes from the End of the Line by Terry Williams

Clockers by Richard Price

Splendor and Miseries

Women for Hire: Prostitution and Sexuality in France after 1850 by Alain Corbin, translated by Alan Sheridan

La Vie quotidienne dans les maisons closes, 1830–1930 by Laure Adler

Figures of Ill Repute: Representing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France by Charles Bernheimer

Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era by Hollis Clayson

Austere Fireworks

Collected Poems: A Bilingual Edition by Federico García Lorca, edited by Christopher Maurer

Four Puppet Plays, ‘Play Without a Title,’ The Divan Poems and Other Poems, Prose Poems and Dramatic Pieces by Federico García Lorca, translated by Edwin Honig

Line of Light and Shadow: The Drawings of Federico García Lorca by Mario Hernández, translated by Christopher Maurer

The House of Bernarda Alba a film directed by Nuria Espert and Stuart Burge, produced by Holmes for Channel 4

The Genius of Cento

Guercino: Master Painter of the Baroque 15–May 17, 1992 an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, March

Guercino: Master Painter of the Baroque catalog of the exhibition by Denis Mahon, with contributions by Andrea Emiliani and Diane De Grazia and Sybille Ebert-Schifferer

Guercino: Drawings from Windsor Castle an exhibition at The Drawing Center, New York, June 2–August 1, 1992

Guercino: Drawings from Windsor Castle catalog of the exhibition and Nicholas Turner

Guercino: Master Draftsman, Works from North American Collections catalog by David M. Stone

Guercino (1591–1661): Drawings From Dutch Collections catalog by Carel van Tuyll Van Serooskerken


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.

Ian Buruma is the author of The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (1996), Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006), Year Zero: A History of 1945 (2013), and Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War (2014), winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications. His new book, Their ­Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War, will be published in January 2016.

David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale and Director Emeritus of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is the author of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World.

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, Fenton was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2015 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. His latest book is Yellow Tulips: Poems, 1968–2011.

James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton. His books include Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, and, most recently, The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters.

David Remnick is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lenin’s Tomb, The Devil Problem and Other True Stories, and Resurrection. He is the editor of The New Yorker.

John Richardson’s Life of Picasso is due to be finished in 2016. The text of his article in the June 25, 20015 issue was delivered in different form in March 2015 as the opening speech at the “Revoir Picasso” colloquium organized by Laurent Le Bon, director of the Museé Picasso in Paris.

Luc Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and Folk Photography. He has translated Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines and written the introduction to George Simenon’s The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (both available as NYRB Classics). He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College. His essay in the October 22, 2015 issue is drawn from his new book, The Other Paris, to be published in October by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Michael Wood is the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. His books include Literature and the Taste of Knowledge and Yeats and Violence

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.

Francine du Plessix Gray received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006 for her memoir Them: A Memoir of Parents.