A Strange Painter

“Ingres” Petit Palais, Paris. Oct. 27, 1967
January 29, 1968

“Ingres in Italia” Villa Medici, Rome. February 26, 1968
April 28, 1968

Ingres Centennial: Drawings, Water-colors, and Oil Sketches from the American Collection, Fogg Art Museum by Agnes Mongan and Dr. Hans Naef

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres by Robert Rosenblum

A Biographical and Critical Study
by Gaëtan Picon

Transformation in Late Eighteenth Century Art by Robert Rosenblum


Disease, Pain and Sacrifice by David Bakan

Individuality in Pain and Suffering by Asenath Petrie

Laughter in the Dark

Black Snow: A Theatrical Novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, translated by Michael Glenny

The Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov, translated by Michael Glenny

The Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov, translated by Mirra Ginsburg

Violent Movies

In Cold Blood directed by Richard Brooks, produced by Richard Brooks

Bonnie and Clyde directed by Arthur Penn, produced by Warren Beatty

Enigma Variations

Collected Poems 1915-1967 by Kenneth Burke

The Complete White Oxen by Kenneth Burke

Language as Symbolic Action by Kenneth Burke

Towards a Better Life (Second Edition) by Kenneth Burke

Counterstatement (Second Edition) by Kenneth Burke

The Philosophy of Literary Form by Kenneth Burke


W.H. Auden (1907–1973) was an English poet, playwright, and essayist who lived and worked in the United States for much of the second half of his life. His work, from his early strictly metered verse, and plays written in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood, to his later dense poems and penetrating essays, represents one of the major achievements of twentieth-century literature.

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.

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

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.

Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) was a novelist, essayist, and critic. Her political and social commentary, literary essays, and drama criticism appeared in magazines such as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The New York Review of Books, and were collected in On the Contrary (1961), Mary McCarthy’s Theatre Chronicles 1937-1962 (1963), The Writing on the Wall (1970), Ideas and the Novel (1980), and Occasional Prose (1985). Her novels include The Company She Keeps (1942), The Oasis (1949), The Groves of Academe (1952), A Charmed Life (1955), The Group (1963), Birds of America (1971), and Cannibals and Missionaries (1979). She was the author of three works of autobiography, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (1957), How I Grew (1987), and the unfinished Intellectual Memoirs (1992), and two travel books about Italy, Venice Observed (1956) and The Stones of Florence (1959). Her essays on the Vietnam War were collected in The Seventeenth Degree (1974); her essays on Watergate were collected in The Mask of State (1974).

Charles Rycroft (1914–1998) was a British psychoanalyst and writer. His books include A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, Anxiety and Neurosis, The Innocence of Dreams, and Psychoanalysis and Beyond.

Stephen Spender (1909–1995) was an English poet and essayist. As a young man, he became friends with W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Cecil Day-Lewis, and Christopher Isherwood, a loose collection often referred to as “the Auden Group” or “MacSpaunday.” He published many collections of poems, including The Still Centre and Ruins and Visions, and numerous volumes of nonfiction and other works, including Learning Laughterand Love-Hate Relations.