Contents


Sleeping Beauty

Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez, translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman

Summoning the Spirits

The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult Catalog of the exhibitionby Clément Chéroux, Andreas Fischer, Pierre Apraxine, Denis Canguilhem, and Sophie Schmit

Homage to Philip Larkin

Collected Poems (2003) by Philip Larkin, edited and with an introduction by Anthony Thwaite

First Boredom, Then Fear: The Life of Philip Larkin by Richard Bradford

Collected Poems (1988) by Philip Larkin, edited and with an introduction by Anthony Thwaite

Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life by Andrew Motion

Required Writing: Miscellaneous Pieces, 1955–1982 by Philip Larkin

Selected Letters of Philip Larkin, 1940–1985 edited by Anthony Thwaite

The Art of the Dead

Italian Memorial Sculpture, 1820–1940: A Legacy of Love by Sandra Berresford, with introductory essays by James Stevens Curl and Fred S. Licht, additional articles by Francesca Bregoli and Franco Sborgi, and photographs by Robert W. Fichter and Robert Freidus

A Shrine to Mussolini

The Body of Il Duce: Mussolini’s Corpse and the Fortunes of Italy by Sergio Luzzatto, translated from the Italian by Frederika Randall

Contributors

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1945. He is the author of many novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Untouchable, Eclipse, The Sea (winner of the Man Booker Prize), and Ancient Light. As Benjamin Black he has written six crime novels, including Vengeance.

Christopher Benfey is Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author of several works on ­Emily Dickinson, including A Summer of Hummingbirds. 
(February 2014)

J. M. Coetzee’s novel The Childhood of Jesus was published in March 2013. He is Professor of Literature at the University of Adelaide and in 2003 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

William Dalrymple’s books include The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857 and Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839–42. He is codirector of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
 (March 2014)

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.”


J. H. Elliott is Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Oxford. He is the author of History in the Making.

Amos Elon (1926–2009) was an Israeli journalist. His final book was The Pity of It All: A Portrait of Jews In Germany 1743 – 1933.

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.

Tim Flannery is Chief Commissioner of the Australian Climate Commission. His book Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific was published last year.
 (September 2013)

Daniel Mendelsohn is the author of a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; the international best seller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a translation of the works of C. P. Cavafy; and a previous collection of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken. He teaches at Bard College.

Thomas Powers is the author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA (1979), Heisenberg’s War: The Secret History of the German Bomb (1993), Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to al-Qaeda (2002; revised and expanded edition, 2004), and The Confirmation (2000), a novel. He won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1971 and has contributed to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, The Nation, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone. His latest book, The Killing of Crazy Horse, won the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. He is currently writing a memoir of his father, who once told him that the last time he met Clare Boothe Luce was in the office of Allen Dulles.


Charles Rosen is a pianist and music critic. In 2011 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal.

Luc Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and Folk Photography. He has translated Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines and written the introduction to George Simenon’s The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (both available as NYRB Classics). He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.

Wisława Szymborska (1923–2012) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996.

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.