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Vincent van Gogh: The Letters: The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, and Nienke Bakker
The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, January 23–April 18, 2010
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty by Peter Singer
Peter Singer Under Fire: The Moral Iconoclast Faces His Critics edited by Jeffrey A. Schaler
The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine
Cockroach by Rawi Hage
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 by Gordon S. Wood
Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up by K.C. Cole, with a foreword by Murray Gell-Mann
The Secret Wife of Louis XIV: Françoise d’Aubigné, Madame de Maintenon by Veronica Buckley
Getting Off Track: How Government Actions and Interventions Caused, Prolonged, and Worsened the Financial Crisis by John B. Taylor
The Fundamental Principles of Financial Regulation by Markus Brunnermeier, Andrew Crockett, Charles Goodhart, Avinash D. Persaud, and Hyun Shin
Benedetta Craveri is a professor of French literature at the University of Tuscia, Viterbo, and the Istituto Universitario Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples. She regularly contributes to The New York Review of Books and to the cultural pages of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Her books include Madame du Deffand and Her World, La Vie privée du Maréchal de Richelieu, and Amanti e regine: Il potere delle donne. She is married to a French diplomat.
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)
Susan Dunn, the Parish Third Century Professor of Humanities at Williams, is the author of Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia. Her most recent book is 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler—the Election Amid the Storm. (June 2014)
Günter Eich (1907–1972) was a member of Gruppe 47 and one of the leading postwar German poets. He won the Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden in 1953, and Germany’s major literary prize, the Büchner Preis, in 1959. Michael Hofmann edited the anthology Twentieth-Century German Poetry. His translations from Günter Eich, Angina Days: Selected Poems, will be published in April. (March 2010)
Timothy Ferris is Emeritus Professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. His latest book, The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature, was published in February. (March 2010)
Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek bureau chief and correspondent-at-large in Africa and the Middle East. His forthcoming book is The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts. (July 2015)
Tony Judt (1948–2010) was the founder and director of the Remarque Institute at NYU and the author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Ill Fares the Land, and The Burden of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, and the French Twentieth Century, among other books.
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)
Alison Lurie is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of American Literature Emerita at Cornell. She is the author of two collections of essays on children’s literature, Don’t Tell the Grownups and Boys and Girls Forever, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Fairy Tales. Her most recent book is The Language of Houses.
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.
Jonathan Raban’s books include Surveillance, My Holy War, Arabia, Old Glory, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Bad Land, Passage to Juneau, and Waxwings. His most recent book is Driving Home: An American Journey, published in 2011. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The Independent. He lives in Seattle.
Timothy Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale. His essay in the September 24, 2015 issue is drawn from his new book, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, published in September 2015 by Tim Duggan Books, an imprint of Random House.