The Ends of Life: Roads to Fulfilment in Early Modern England by Keith Thomas
I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon) by Richard Polsky
Andy Warhol by Arthur C. Danto
Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol by Tony Scherman and David Dalton
Joe Simon-Whelan et al. v. the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., et al.
The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker
Marx’s General: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels by Tristram Hunt
The Bacchae by Euripides, directed by JoAnne Akalaitis
The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China by Jay Taylor
Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love by Sheila Rowbotham
Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro
Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court by Amy Bach
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham
Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants, and the Origins of Language by Dean Falk
Blood’s a Rover by James Ellroy
Treachery: Betrayals, Blunders, and Cover-ups: Six Decades of Espionage Against America and Great Britain by Chapman Pincher
Joseph Jefferson: Dean of the American Theatre by Arthur W. Bloom
The Man Who Was Rip Van Winkle: Joseph Jefferson and Nineteenth-Century American Theatre by Benjamin McArthur
The Autobiography of Joseph Jefferson by Joseph Jefferson
The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth: A Life by Frances Wilson
The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals by Dorothy Wordsworth, edited and with an introduction and notes by Pamela Woof
Unforgiving Years by Victor Serge, translated from the French and with an introduction by Richard Greeman
Richard Dorment is the art critic of the Daily Telegraph. Among the exhibitions he has organized is “James McNeill Whistler,” seen at the Tate Gallery, London, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (June 2013)
Hugh Eakin is a senior editor at The New York Review, where he also edits the Review’s online daily magazine, the NYRblog. He has reported for the Review from several countries in Arabia and the Levant. (Fall 2014)
Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek bureau chief and correspondent-at-large in Africa and the Middle East. His new book, Taking Timbuktu, will be published next year. His report in this issue was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. (May 2014)
Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.
Karl Kirchwey is Professor of the Arts at Bryn Mawr and Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome. His sixth book of poems, Mount Lebanon, and his translation of Paul Verlaine’s first book (as Poems Under Saturn) appeared in 2011. (December 2012)
Bei Ling, a poet and essayist, is a founder and editor of Qing Xiang, an exile literary journal founded in 1993, now based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and published in Chinese. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, an organization of Chinese writers and intellectuals dedicated to the freedom of expression. (October 2009)
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.
Claire Messud is the author of four novels and a book of novellas. Her novel The Emperor’s Children was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and was selected as one of the ten best books of 2006 by The New York Times. Her most recent novel is The Woman Upstairs. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Steven Mithen is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Early Prehistory at the University of Reading. His books include The Singing Neanderthals, The Prehistory of the Mind, and, most recently, Thirst: Water and Power in the Ancient World. (April 2014)
Norman Rush was raised in Oakland, California, and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1956. He has been an antiquarian book dealer, a college instructor, and, with his wife Elsa, he lived and worked in Africa from 1978 to 1983. They now reside in Rockland County, New York. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. Whites, a collection of stories, was published in 1986, and his first novel, Mating, the recipient of the National Book Award, was published in 1991. Mortals is his second novel. A new novel, Subtle Bodies, will be published in September 2013.
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.
Steven Weinberg teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and the National Medal of Science. His latest book for general readers is Lake Views: This World and the Universe.
Lawrence Weschler is the Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. Earlier this year he published True to Life: Twenty-five Years of Conversations with David Hockney and an expanded edition of Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Over Thirty Years of Conversationswith Robert Irwin. (October 2009)