Summer Meditations by Václav Havel, translated by Paul Wilson
October, Eight O’Clock by Norman Manea, translated by Cornelia Golna, by Anselm Hollo, by Mara Soceanu Vamos, by Max Bleyleben, by Marguerite Dorian, by Elliott B. Urdang
The Sculpture of Jacopo Sansovino by Bruce Boucher
The New Shelley: Later Twentieth-Century Views edited by G. Kim Blank
Shelley’s Poetry and Prose edited by Donald H. Reiman, edited by Sharon B. Powers
The Bodleian Shelley Manuscripts Volume XI: The Geneva Notebook of Percy Bysshe Shelley transcribed and edited by Michael Erkelenz
Shelley’s First Love: The Love Story of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Harriet Grove by Desmond Hawkins
Love’s Children by Judith Chernaik
Shelley’s Goddess: Maternity, Language, Subjectivity by Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi
Alma by Gordon Burn
The End of Equality by Mickey Kaus
Red Sorghum directed by Zhang Yimou (1987)
Horse Thief directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang (1986)
The Big Parade directed by Chen Kaige (1985)
Yellow Earth directed by Chen Kaige (1984)
Raise the Red Lantern directed by Zhang Yimou (1991)
Fists of Fury directed by Lo Wei (1972)
Shanghai Blues directed by Tsui Hark (1984)
Peking Opera Blues directed by Tsui Hark (1986)
A Chinese Ghost Story directed by Ching Siu-ting (1987)
A Better Tomorrow directed by John Woo (1986)
Boat People directed by Ann Hui (1982)
Rouge directed by Stanley Kwan (1988)
Once Upon a Time in China directed by Tsui Hark (1991)
A Touch of Zen directed by King Hu (1975)
A Terra-Cotta Warrior directed by Ching Siu-ting (1990)
Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of a Prosaics by Gary Saul Morson, by Caryl Emerson
Eleanor Roosevelt: Vol. 1, 18841933 by Blanche Wiesen Cook
Caroline Blackwood (1931-1996) was born into a rich Anglo-Irish aristocratic family. She rebelled against her background at an early age and led a hectic and bohemian life, which included marriages to the painter Lucian Freud, the pianist and composer Israel Citkowitz, and the poet Robert Lowell. In the 1970s Blackwood began to write. Among her books are several novels, including Great Granny Webster and Corrigan (both available as NYRB Classics); On the Perimeter, an account of the women’s anti-nuclear protest at Greenham Common; and The Last of the Duchess, about the old age of the Duchess of Windsor.
Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.
Richard Holmes is the author of Shelley: The Pursuit (published by NYRB Classics), which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1974; Coleridge: Early Visions, winner of the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year award; Dr Johnson & Mr Savage, which won the 1993 James Tait Black Prize; and Coleridge: Darker Reflections, which won the 1990 Duff Cooper Prize and Heinemann Award. His other works include Footsteps (1985) and Sidetracks (2000). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1992. He is also a professor of biographical studies at the University of East Anglia. He lives in London and Norwich with the novelist Rose Tremain.
George F. Kennan (1904–2005) was an American diplomat, political scientist and historian. He is best known for his role in shaping US foreign policy during the Cold War and, in particular, for the doctrine of containment. Kennan was Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and served as Ambassador to the USSR in 1952 and as Ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1961 to 1963. His books include At a Century’s Ending and An American Family.
Philip Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey, which has served as the setting for many of his novels. He won the National Book Award for his first book, Goodbye, Columbus, and for Sabbath’s Theater, the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral, and three PEN/Faulkner awards, for Operation Shylock, The Human Stain, and Everyman.
Geoffrey O’Brien is Editor in Chief of the Library of America. His recent works include Early Autumn, The Fall of the House of Walworth and Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film 2002–2012 .
Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. His study of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. His latest book, Why Priests? A Failed Tradition, was published in February 2013.