King Phallus

Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom and Other Writings by Marquis de Sade, compiled and translated by Richard Seaver and Austyn Wainhouse, with Introductions by Jean Paulhan and Maurice Blanchot

The Language Barrier

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by H.W. Fowler, Second Edition, revised and edited by Sir Ernest Gowers

The Careful Writer by Theodore M. Bernstein

A Dictionary of Usage and Style by Roy H. Copperud

What is Modern?

The Modern Tradition: Backgrounds of Modern Literature edited by Richard Ellmann, edited by Charles Feidelson Jr.

The Bonhoeffer Revival

Preface to Bonhoeffer, The Man and Two of his Shorter Writings by John D. Godsey

No Rusty Swords by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, translated by John Bowden

Ethics by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, translated by Neville Horton Smith

A Man of Words

James, Seumas and Jacques: Unpublished Writings of James Stephens edited by Lloyd Frankenberg

James Stephens: His Work and an Account of His Life by Hilary Pyle

Making the Grade

Youth and the Social Order by F. Musgrove

Society and the Adolescent Self-Image by Morris Rosenberg

The Social Context of Ambition by Ralph Turner


Denis Donoghue is Emeritus University Professor of English and American Letters at NYU. (April 2016)

Edgar Z. Friedenberg (1927-2000) was an American social critic and scholar of education. His books include Coming of Age in America and Growth and Acquiescence.

Paul Goodman (1911–1972) was an American social critic, psychologist, poet, novelist, and anarchist. His writings appeared in Politics, Partisan Review, The New Republic, Commentary, The New Leader, Dissent, and The New York Review of Books. He published several well-regarded books in a variety of fields—including city planning, Gestalt therapy, literary criticism, and politics—before Growing Up Absurd, cancelled by its original publisher and turned down by a number of other presses, was brought out by Random House in 1960.

Walter Laqueur is a historian of Europe and the Middle East. He has taught at Brandeis, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and the University of Chicago.

Dwight Macdonald (1906–1982) was born in New York City and educated at Exeter and Yale. On graduating from college, he enrolled in Macy’s executive training program, but soon left to work for Henry Luce at Time and Fortune, quitting in 1936 because of cuts that had been made to an article he had written criticizing U.S. Steel. From 1937 to 1943, Macdonald was an editor of Partisan Review and in 1944, he started a journal of his own, Politics, whose contributors included Albert Camus, Victor Serge, Simone Weil, Bruno Bettelheim, James Agee, John Berryman, Meyer Schapiro, and Mary McCarthy. In later years, Macdonald reviewed books for The New Yorker, movies for Esquire, and wrote frequently for The New York Review of Books.

Lawrence Stone (1919–1999) was an English historian. He taught British history at Oxford and Princeton.

John Weightman (1915–2004) was a critic and literary scholar. After working as a translator and announcer for the BBC French service, Weightman turned to the study of French literature. He taught at King’s College London and the University of London. His books include The Concept of the Avant-Gardeand The Cat Sat on the Mat: Language and the Absurd.