The Man with Qualities

Edmund Wilson: A Biography by Jeffrey Meyers

From the Uncollected Edmund Wilson selected and introduced by Janet Groth and David Castronovo

On the Enchanted Hill

The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson 1854–1890 edited by Bradford A. Booth, edited by Ernest Mehew

Robert Louis Stevenson: A Biography by Frank McLynn

Fanny Stevenson: A Romance of Destiny by Alexandra Lapierre, translated by Carol Cosman

Disturbing the Peace

Tom Paine: A Political Life by John Keane

Thomas Paine: Apostle of Freedom by Jack Fruchtman Jr.

Thomas Paine: Collected Writings edited by Eric Foner

Red, Black, and White

Stories of Scottsboro by James Goodman

Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression by Robin D.G. Kelley

Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: Organizing Memphis Workers by Michael K. Honey

Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South by John Egerton

Kicking the Air

How Late it Was, How Late by James Kelman

The Dead School by Patrick McCabe

Walking the Dog and Other Stories by Bernard MacLaverty

Nothing Sacred

The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France by Robert Darnton

The Corpus of Clandestine Literature in France, 1769-1789 by Robert Darnton

Subversive Words: Public Opinion in Eighteenth-Century France by Arlette Farge, translated by Rosemary Morris

India’s Virtuoso Builders

The History of Architecture in India: From the Dawn of Civilization to the End of the Raj by Christopher Tadgell

The Royal Palaces of India by George Michell, photographs by Antonio Martinelli

Behind the Smoke Screen

The Life of Graham Greene, Volume II, 1939-1955 by Norman Sherry

Graham Greene: The Man Within by Michael Shelden

Graham Greene: Three Lives by Anthony Mockler

Graham Greene: Friend and Brother by Leopoldo Duran, translated by Euan Cameron

Reflections by Graham Greene, selected and introduced by Judith Adamson

A World of My Own: A Dream Diary by Graham Greene

The Graham Greene Film Reader: Reviews, Essays, Interviews & Film Stories edited by David Parkinson


Jasper Griffin is Emeritus Professor of Classical Literature and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. His books include Homer on Life and Death.

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 new book, Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air, was published in October 2013. 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. The article in the December 18, 2014 issue draws on the seventh Leon Levy Biography Lecture, which he gave in 2014 on “The Two Sides of the Biographer’s Notebook.”

D. Kern Holoman is Professor of Music at the University of California, Davis, where he conducts the UCD Symphony. He is editor of The Nineteenth-Century Symphony, to be published next month. (November 1996)

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.

Sergei Kovalev, a biologist and former political prisoner, is a leading candidate on the Yabloko Party list for the December election to the Russian State Duma. He is President of the Institute for Human Rights and Chairman of the Andrei Sakharov Foundation in Moscow. (November 2007)

David Lodge is a novelist and critic and Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, England. His novels include Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work, and A Man of Parts. His most recent works of criticism are Consciousness and the Novel and The Year of Henry James.

Avi Shlaim is Professor of International Relations at Oxford University. His new book, The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World since 1948, will be published in October. (July 1999)

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown. In honor of the 250th ­anniversary of the Stamp Act, his two edited volumes of The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate, 1764–1776 will be published this summer, 2015.