Contents


Love on the Hudson

Closest Companion: The Unknown Story of the Intimate Friendship Between Franklin Roosevelt and Margaret Suckley edited and annotated by Geoffrey C. Ward

Stumbles and Mumbles

Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me by Marlon Brando and Robert Lindsey

Brando: The Biography by Peter Manso

Don Juan DeMarco a film written and directed by Jeremy Leven

Adders and Other Reptiles

Reptile Journalism: The Official Polish-Language Press under the Nazis, 1939–1945 by Lucjan Dobroszycki, translated by Barbara Harshav

‘Jews in the Polish Underground Press, 1939–1945’ in Poland by Lucjan Dobroszycki

Biedni Polacy Patrza Na Getto by Jan Blonski

Aristocrats

Daughters: On Family and Fatherhood by Gerald Early

Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society by John Edgar Wideman

Colored People: A Memoir by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study by W. E. B. Du Bois

No Day of Triumph by J. Saunders Redding

The Big Sea by Langston Hughes

Dust Tracks on a Road in Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writing by Zora Neale Hurston

The Negro Family: A Study of Family Origins Before the Civil War by E. Franklin Frazier

Black Bourgeoisie: The Rise of a New Middle Class in the United States by E. Franklin Frazier

Coming Up Down Home: A Memoir of a Southern Childhood by Cecil Brown

Pushed Back to Strength: A Black Woman’s Journey Home by Gloria Wade-Gayles

Contributors

Theodore H. Draper (1912–2006) was an American historian. Educated at City College, he wrote influential studies of the American Communist Party, the Cuban Revolution and the Iran-Contra Affair. Draper was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the 1990 recipient of the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association.

Andrew Hacker teaches political science and mathematics at Queens College. His new book, The Math Myth and Other STEM ­Delusions, will appear next March.
 (July 2015)

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.

Brad Leithauser is a novelist, poet, and essayist. He lives in Massachusetts.

Norman Mailer (1923-2007) was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955 he co-founded The Village Voice. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner’s Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot’s Ghost; Oswald’s Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and The Castle in the Forest.

James Merrill (1926–1995) was an American poet whose major work The Changing Light at Sandover describes a series of spirit communications conducted over many years. He won the National Book Award from his collections Nights and Days and Mirabell: Books of Number.

Czeslaw Milosz (1911–2004) was born in Szetejnie, Lithuania. Over the course of his long and prolific career he published works in many genres, including criticism (The Captive Mind), fiction (The Issa Valley), memoir (Native Realm), and poetry (New and Collected Poems, 1931-2001). He was a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980.

Darryl Pinckney’s most recent book is a novel, Black Deutschland. (November 2017)

Ingrid D. Rowland is a Professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway. Her latest book is The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art, cowritten with Noah Charney. (December 2017)

Alan Ryan’s On Tocqueville and On Marx were published last year. He is the author of the two-volume work On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present. He is visiting professor of philosophy at Stanford.


Luc Sante teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard. His latest book is The Other Paris. (October 2017)

Helen Vendler is the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor in the Department of English at Harvard. Her latest book is The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar, a collection of her most recent essays. (October 2017)

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was an American novelist, essayist, and playwright. His many works include the memoirs Point to Point Navigation and Palimpsest, the novels The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln, and the collection United States: Essays 1952–1992.

Michael Wood is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. He is the author of Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much and America in the Movies, among other books.
 (May 2017)