The Cunning of Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon in the 1950s catalog of the exhibition by Michael Peppiatt

Francis Bacon’s Studio by Margarita Cappock

Francis Bacon: Commitment and Conflict by Wieland Schmied

Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester

Francis Bacon: The Violence of the Real catalog of the 2006 Düsseldorf exhibition edited by Armin Zweite, with Maria Müller

In Camera: Francis Bacon: Photography, Film and the Practice of Painting by Martin Harrison

Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma by Michael Peppiatt

The Drama of Sarah Bernhardt

Sarah Bernhardt by Henry Gidel

Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama by Carol Ockman and Kenneth E. Silver

Sarah Bernhardt’s First American Theatrical Tour, 1880–1881 by Patricia Marks

My Double Life: The Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt translated from the French by Victoria Tietze Larson

Being Divine: A Biography of Sarah Bernhardt by Ruth Brandon

The Divine Sarah: A Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale

Dear Sarah Bernhardt by Françoise Sagan, translated from the French by Sabine Destrée

Sarah Bernhardt by Philippe Jullian

Sarah Bernhardt and Her World by Joanna Richardson

Sarah Bernhardt: The Art Within the Legend by Gerda Taranow

Madame Sarah by Cornelia Otis Skinner

The Idol of Paris by Sarah Bernhardt

Les Mémoires de Sarah Barnum by Marie Colombier, with a preface by Paul Bonnetain

Temperamental Justice

The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America by Jeffrey Rosen

Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court by Jan Crawford Greenburg

Are We Born Moral?

Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong by Marc D. Hauser

Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved by Frans de Waal, edited by Stephen Macedo and Josiah Ober

Storms Over the Novel

The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts by Milan Kundera, translated from the French by Linda Asher

Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley

The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say About the Stages of Life by Edward Mendelson

How Novels Work by John Mullan

How to Read a Novel: A User’s Guide by John Sutherland

The Novel, Volume 1: History, Geography and Culture edited by Franco Moretti

The Novel, Volume 2: Forms and Themes edited by Franco Moretti

Nation & Novel: The English Novel from Its Origins to the Present Day by Patrick Parrinder

Prokofiev Makes His Moves

Sergey Prokofiev: Diaries, 1907–1914: Prodigious Youth translated from the Russian and annotated by Anthony Phillips, with a preface by Sviatoslav Prokofiev

Sergey Prokofiev: Dnevnik [Diaries] 1907–1933 edited by Sviatoslav Prokofiev


Hussein Agha is Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and coauthor of A Framework for a Palestinian National Security Doctrine. (November 2012)

Julian Bell is a painter and writer. His painting sequence Genesis is published in book form this October.

 (October 2015)

Jason DeParle, a reporter for The New York Times, is the author of American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare. (April 2007)

Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor to The New York Review and the author, most recently, of Washington Journal: 
Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.
 (November 2015)

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), The Scientist as Rebel (2006, published by New York Review Books), and A Many-Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe (2010). New York Review Books will publish Dreams of Earth and Sky, a new collection of Dyson’s essays, in April 2015. 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.

Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author, among other books, of The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia, A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891–1924, and Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia, and The Crimean War: A History. His latest book is Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag and his next book, Revolutionary Russia, 1891–1991, will be published in April 2014.

Robert Gottlieb has been Editor in Chief of Simon and Schuster, Knopf, and The New Yorker. His most recent book is Great ­Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens.
 (June 2015)

John Gray is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. Among his recent books are Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals, False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism, Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions, The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death, and The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths. His latest book is The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom.

Václav Havel (1936–2011) was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic. Havel was one of the six signers of the statement “Tibet: The Peace of the Graveyard.”

David Kaiser is Chair of the Board of Just Detention International, a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in detention centers. Lovisa Stannow is the Executive Director of Just Detention International.
 (October 2013)

Hermione Lee is President of Wolfson College, ­Oxford. Her most recent book is Penelope Fitzgerald: 
A Life. (February 2015)

Robert Malley is Middle East and North Africa Program Director at the International Crisis Group. He is writing here in his personal capacity. (November 2012)

Fintan O’Toole is Literary Editor of The Irish Times and Leonard L. Milberg Visiting Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton. His latest book is A History of Ireland in 100 Objects.
 (December 2015)

Michael Oren is the author of Power, Faith and Fantasy: The United States in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present. He is a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. (May 2007)

Witold Rybczynski is the Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the architecture critic for Slate. His book on American building, Last Harvest, was published in 2007.

Jeremy Waldron is University Professor at the NYU School of Law. His latest book is Dignity, Rank, and Rights. (October 2015)

Paul Wilson’s translation of Bohumil Hrabal’s early stories, Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult, is published this month. (November 2015)