The Travels and Other Writings of William Bartram by William Bartram
The Natures of John and William Bartram by Thomas P. Slaughter
The Collected Stories by Mavis Gallant
Degas: Beyond Impressionism The Art Institute of Chicago, September 30, 1996January 5, 1997. Press exhibition at the National Gallery, London, May 22August 26, 1996;, Catalog of the exhibition by Richard Kendall
Up from Conservatism: Why the Right is Wrong for America by Michael Lind
The World Turned Right Side Up: A history of the Conservative Ascendancy in America by Godfrey Hodgson
Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
FULL HOUSE: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin by Stephen Jay Gould
Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist by Philip Furia
The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of America’s Great Lyricists by Philip Furia
The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin edited by Robert Kimball
Gershwin: His Life and Music by Charles Schwartz
Lyrics on Several Occasions by Ira Gershwin
The Memory of All That: The Life of George Gershwin by Joan Peyser
Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin by Deena Rosenberg
A Tale of Two Utopias: The Political Journey of the Generation of 1968 by Paul Berman
Science and Dissent in Post-Mao China: The Politics of Knowledge by H. Lyman Miller
John’s Wife by Robert Coover
The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester
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.
Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013) was Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at NYU. His books include Is Democracy Possible Here?, Justice in Robes, Freedom’s Law, and Justice for Hedgehogs. He was the 2007 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize for “his pioneering scholarly work” of “worldwide impact” and he was recently awarded the Balzan Prize for his “fundamental contributions to Jurisprudence.”
Kanan Makiya was born in Baghdad and teaches at Brandeis. His books include Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq, Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World, and, most recently, The Rock: A Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem. (January 2002)
Ian Buruma is the Henry R. Luce Professor at Bard. His books include Murderer in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, and the novel The China Lover. His book Year Zero: A History of 1945 will be published in September 2013.
Jason Epstein launched the trade paperback format in the US in 1952 as a young editor at Doubleday. In 1963 he was a founder of The New York Review and in 1979 cofounder with the late Edmund Wilson of the Library of America. In 2007 he cofounded On Demand Books. Among his many awards are the National Book Award Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Book Critics Circle, and the Curtis Benjamin Award given by the American Association of Publishers for enriching the world of books. (February 2011)
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.
Anne Hollander’s books include Seeing Through Clothes, Sex and Suits, and Feeding the Eye. Fabric of Vision: Dress and Drapery in Painting, a companion book for the upcoming exhibition at the National Gallery in London, will be published this spring. (February 2002)
Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997) was a poet and one of most prominent figures of the Beat Generation. His epic poem “Howl,” which denounced bourgeois conformity and capitalistic greed, became the subject of a landmark obscenity trial in San Francisco. Known for his celebration of the marginalized and the downtrodden and his opposition to American militarism, Ginsberg drew inspiration from the long lines and anaphoric rhythms of Walt Whitman. His 1981 collection Plutonium Ode won the National Book Award; in 1993 Ginsberg was awarded the medal of Chevalier Des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.
David Grossman, who lives near Jerusalem, is the author of The Yellow Wind, a report on life in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. His new novel, To the End of the Land, from which the excerpt in this issue is taken, will be published in September by Knopf. Jessica Cohen’s translations include David Grossman’s Her Body Knows and works by Yael Hedaya, Ronit Matalon, Amir Gutfreund, and Tom Segev. (July 2010)
Susan Sontag (1933–2004) was a novelist, playwright, filmmaker, and one of the most influential critics of her generation. Her books include Against Interpretation, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, and The Volcano Lover.
Fang Lizhi, an astrophysicist and former vice-president of the University of Science and Technology of China, was expelled from the Communist Party of China in 1987. He was granted asylum at the US embassy in Beijing before leaving the country in 1990. He is the 1989 recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and is a professor of physics at the University of Arizona. (November 2011)
Perry Link is retired from Princeton and now teaches at the University of California at Riverside. He translated China’s Charter 08 manifesto, published in these pages, and recently co-edited No Enemies, No Hatred, a collection of essays and poems by Liu Xiaobo. His latest book, An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics, will be published in January 2013.
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, Author, Author and A Man of Parts. His most recent works of criticism are Consciousness and the Novel and The Year of Henry James.