Francine du Plessix Gray received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006 for her memoir Them: A Memoir of Parents.


‘The Paralysis of Stuttering’

King George VI of England during one of his first broadcasts, 1937

Stuttering: An Integrated Approach to Its Nature and Treatment

by Barry Guitar

Stuttering: The Disorder of Many Theories

by Gerald Jonas
Until very recent times, speech impediments were thought to be of a physiological nature. Aristotle, who is said to have stuttered himself, believed that stutterers’ tongues were abnormally thick or hard, and thus “too sluggish to keep pace with the imagination.” The second-century Greek physician Galen judged that stammerers’ tongues were too cold and wet. So did Francis Bacon, who suggested a draught of hot wine to thaw “the Refrigeration of the tongue, whereby it is less apt to move.”

Splendor and Miseries

Women for Hire: Prostitution and Sexuality in France after 1850

by Alain Corbin, translated by Alan Sheridan

La Vie quotidienne dans les maisons closes, 1830–1930

by Laure Adler
“I love prostitution in and for itself…” Gustave Flaubert wrote in 1853 to his mistress, Louise Colet. In the very notion of prostitution there is such a complex convergence of lust and bitterness, such a frenzy of muscle and sound of gold, such a void in human relations, that the …

The Progress of Klaus Barbie

The Nazi Legacy: Klaus Barbie and the International Fascist Connection

by Magnus Linklater and Isabel Hilton and Neal Ascherson

Klaus Barbie

by Ladislas de Hoyos, translated by Nicholas Courtin
For well over two years former SS Hauptsturmführer Klaus Barbie, indicted for crimes against humanity committed during World War II, has been confined in Lyons’ St. Joseph Prison, close to the former Gestapo headquarters where he conducted his tortures. Every few months a brief story in the French press reports …

No Fool

Clare Boothe Luce

by Wilfrid Sheed
In 1952, six years after her conversion to the Roman Catholic Church, Clare Boothe Luce edited a remarkable anthology called Saints for Now, published by Sheed and Ward. The company of authors she persuaded to contribute to this volume reminds one of the Luces’ famous dinner parties, at which “Winnie” …