Peter Brooks

Peter Brooks is the author of the recent Balzac’s Lives and Seduced by Story: The Use and Abuse of Narrative, to be published in October. (October 2022)

Walter Benjamin; portrait by Maira Kalman, 2007

The Story of the Story of the Story

The Storyteller Essays

by Walter Benjamin, edited and with an introduction by Samuel Titan and translated from the German by Tess Lewis

January 16, 2020 issue

Noble Memories

Memoirs from Beyond the Grave: 1768–1800

by François-René de Chateaubriand, translated from the French by Alex Andriesse, with an introduction by Anka Muhlstein

April 19, 2018 issue

Alexandre Dumas, 1857; photograph by Nadar

Behind the Iron Mask

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

by Tom Reiss

May 23, 2013 issue

Couch in Car, Vassar College, 2010; photograph by Tim Davis from Vassar’s sesquicentennial exhibition ‘150 Years Later: New Photography by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, Katherine Newbegin,’ at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, through March 27, 2011

Our Universities: How Bad? How Good?

Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa

Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids—And What We Can Do About It

by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus

Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities

by Mark C. Taylor

Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities

by Martha C. Nussbaum

March 24, 2011 issue

Benjamin Zix: Allegorical Portrait of Vivant Denon, 1811. Denon, whom Napoleon appointed the first director of French museums, is depicted at the entrance to the Louvre’s Salle de Diane, surrounded by, among other objects, the Vendôme Column; an obelisk planned for the Pont Neuf; the elephant fountain planned for the Place de la Bastille (see page 32); and two statues of Napoleon, a bust and a seated figure (left).

Napoleon’s Eye

Dominique-Vivant Denon: L'oeil de Napoléon

an exhibition at the Louvre, Paris, October 20, 1999–January 17, 2000

No Tomorrow

by Vivant Denon, translated from the French by Lydia Davis, and with an introduction by Peter Brooks

Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Origins of the Modern Museum in Eighteenth-Century Paris

by Andrew McClellan

November 19, 2009 issue

From Egypt to Paris: An Artist Prized for His Travel Sketches

Dominique-Vivant Denon, the subject of my piece in the November 19, 2009 issue of the New York Review of Books, is known above all as the first Director of the Louvre—which, under his guidance, became the first encyclopedic public museum. But he was also an artist prized for his travel sketches and engravings. Since I could only touch on this aspect of his career briefly in my piece, I offer here some further notes and selections from his work.

November 6, 2009

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