A Martyr for Conscience

In Solitary Witness: The Life and Death of Franz Jägerstätter by Gordon C. Zahn

Account Rendered: A Dossier on My Former Self by Melita Maschmann

Scroll of Agony: The Warsaw Diary of Chaim A. Kaplan translated and edited by Abraham I. Katsh

The Tradition of Sensibility

Debussy: His Life and Mind (Volume II) by Edward Lockspeiser

Georges Bizet: His Life and Work by Winton Dean

Alban Berg by Willi Reich, translated by Cornelius Cardew

The Path to the New Music by Anton Webern, edited by Willi Reich, translated by Leo Black

History by Committee

History of Mankind, I: Prehistory and the Beginnings of Civilization of the Scientific and Cultural Development of Mankind) by Jacquetta Hawkes and Sir Leonard Woolley

History of Mankind, II: The Ancient World of the Scientific and Cultural Development of Mankind) by Luigi Pareti and Paolo Brezzi and Luciano Petech

Birds of America

Familiar Garden Birds of America by Henry Hill Collins Jr. and Ned R. Boyajian

American Bird Decoys by William J. MacKey Jr.

The Silent Sky by Alan W. Eckert


Noel Annan (1916–2000) was a British military intelligence officer and scholar of European history. His works include Leslie Stephen and Our Age, Changing Enemies: The Defeat and Regeneration of Germany, and The Curious Strength of Positivism in English Political Thought.

Bernard Bergonzi is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Warwick.

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

Francis Haskell (1928-2000) was an English art historian. His works include Patrons and Painters: Art and Society in Baroque Italyand History and its Images: Art and the Interpretation of the Past. Haskell taught at Oxford.

Ted Hughes’s translation of Racine’s Phèdre will be staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in January and published that month. His translation of the complete Oresteia, of which the poem in this issue is the opening, will be staged by the National Theatre in England and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in June. His last book was Birthday Letters. He died on October 28. (December 1998)

Christopher Lasch (1932–1994) was an American historian.

Alison Lurie is the Frederic J. Whiton Professor of American Literature Emerita at Cornell. She is the author of ten novels, two collections of essays on children’s literature, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Fairy Tales. Her most recent book is Reading for Fun. (March 2017)

Robert Mazzocco (1932–2017) was an American poet and critic.

Conor Cruise O’Brien (1917–2009) was an Irish historian and politician. He was elected to the Irish parliament in 1969 and served as a Minister from 1973 until 1977. His works include States of Ireland, The Great Melody and Memoir: My Life and Themes.

Leonard Schapiro was a British political scientist and one of the world’s foremost experts on Soviet politics. His works include The Communist Party of the Soviet Union and Russian Studies; he also translated Turgenev’s novel Spring Torrentsinto English.

John Thompson is an English sociologist. He has published several studies of the media and communication in modern societies, including The Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Mediaand Political Scandal: Power and Visibility in the Media Age.

Virgil Thomson (1896–1989) was a composer and critic. He collaborated extensively with Gertrude Stein, who wrote the libretti for his operas Four Saints in Three Actsand The Mother of Us All. In 1988 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.