The Self-Inventing Man

Stendhal by Wallace Fowlie

Stendhal: Fiction and the Themes of Freedom by Victor Brombert

Stendhal: Notes on a Novelist by Robert M. Adams

The Novel of Worldliness by Peter Brooks

If Plato Only Knew

The Republic of Plato by Alan Bloom

Plato: The Dialogues, Second and Third Periods The Bollingen Series by Paul Friedländer, translated by Hans Meyerhoff

Plato’s Analytical Method by Kenneth M. Sayre

Out of This World

The Structure of Social Action with a new Introduction Talcott Parsons

Politics and Social Structure by Talcott Parsons

Societies: Evolutionary and Comparative Perspectives by Talcott Parsons

Sociological Theory and Modern Society by Talcott Parsons


The Serpent by Jean Claude van Itallie, directed by Joe Chaikin

Indians by Arthur Kopit, directed by Gene Frankel


Robert Craft is a conductor and writer. Craft’s close working friendship with Igor Stravinsky is the subject of his memoir, An Improbable Life. In 2002 he was awarded the International Prix du Disque at the Cannes Music Festival.

Elizabeth Hardwick (1916–2007) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University. A recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is the author of three novels, a biography of Herman Melville, and four collections of essays. She was a co-founder and advisory editor of The New York Review of Books and contributed more than one hundred reviews, articles, reflections, and letters to the magazine. NYRB Classics publishes Sleepless Nights, a novel, and Seduction and Betrayal, a study of women in literature.

Alfred Kazin (1915–1998) was a writer and teacher. Among his books are On Native Grounds, a study of American literature from Howells to Faulkner, and the memoirs A Walker in the Cityand New York Jew. In 1996, he received the first Lifetime Award in Literary Criticism from the Truman Capote Literary Trust.

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.

V.S. Pritchett (1900–1997) was a British essayist, novelist and short story writer. He worked as a foreign correspondent for the The Christian Science Monitorand as a literary critic forNew Statesman. In 1968 Pritchett was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire; he was knighted in 1975. His body of work includes many collections of short stories, in addition to travelogues, reviews, literary biographies and novels.