Contents


Hello, Dolly!

Edison’s Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life by Gaby Wood

Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us by Rodney A. Brooks

Tsvetaeva: The Tragic Life

Earthly Signs: Moscow Diaries, 1917–1922 by Marina Tsvetaeva, edited, translated, and with an introduction by Jamey Gambrell

Milestones by Marina Tsvetaeva, translated and with an introduction by Robin Kemball

Creating the Revolution

To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders by Bernard Bailyn

Education in the Forming of American Society: Needs and Opportunites for Study by Bernard Bailyn

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn

The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson by Bernard Bailyn

The Peopling of British North America: An Introduction by Bernard Bailyn

Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution by Bernard Bailyn, with Barbara DeWolfe

The New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century by Bernard Bailyn

Pamphlets of the American Revolution edited by Bernard Bailyn and Jane N. Garrett

Turgenev’s Banana

On Being Ill by Virginia Woolf, with an introduction by Hermione Lee

In the Land of Pain by Alphonse Daudet, edited and translated from the Frenchby Julian Barnes

Devotions upon Emergent Occasions and Death’s Duel by John Donne, with a preface by Andrew Motion

A Memorial of the Last Days on Earth of Emily Gosse by Her Husband Philip Henry Gosse, FRS by Philip Henry Gosse

Contributors

Freeman Dyson has spent most of his life as a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, taking time off to advise the US government and write books for the general public. He was born in England and worked as a civilian scientist for the Royal Air Force during World War II. He came to Cornell University as a graduate student in 1947 and worked with Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman, producing a user-friendly way to calculate the behavior of atoms and radiation. He also worked on nuclear reactors, solid-state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics, and biology, looking for problems where elegant mathematics could be usefully applied.

Dyson’s books include Disturbing the Universe (1979), Weapons and Hope (1984), Infinite in All Directions (1988), Origins of Life (1986, second edition 1999), The Sun, the Genome and the Internet (1999), and A Many-Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe (2010). He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. In 2000 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, Fenton was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2007 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. He currently leads the Free Speech Debate project at Oxford (freespeechdebate.com) and is writing a book about free speech.


Suki Kim’s first novel, The Interpreter, has just been published. (February 2003)

Anthony Lewis, a former columnist for The New York Times, has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.

Daniel Mendelsohn was born in 1960 and studied classics at the University of Virginia and at Princeton, where he received his doctorate. His essays and reviews appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review. His books include The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; and the collection Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture, published by New York Review Books. He teaches at Bard College. His essay in the September 25, 2014 issue will appear as the introduction to a new translation of The Bacchae by Robin Robertson, to be published in September by Ecco.

W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca. He has since lived in many parts of the world, most recently on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. He is the author of many books of poems, prose, and translations and has received both the Pulitzer and the Bollingen Prizes for poetry, among numerous other awards. His new poetry collection is The Moon Before Morning.

Jennifer Schuessler is an editor at The New York Times Book Review. (March 2011)

Sanford Schwartz’s reviews have been collected in The Art Presence and Artists and Writers. (August 2014)

Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He has published some twenty collections of poetry, six books of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Simic’s recent works include Voice at 3 a.m., a selection of later and new poems; Master of Disguises, new poems; and Confessions of a Poet Laureate, a collection of short essays that was published by New York Review Books as an e-book original. In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. His New and Selected Poems: 1962–2012 was published in March 2013. His article in this issue, August 14, 2014, was delivered as a talk at the Manggha Museum of ­Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków earlier this year, when he was presented with the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award.


Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown. His latest book is The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States.