Irresistible Dickens

The World of Charles Dickens by Angus Wilson

Dickens the Craftsman: Strategies of Presentation edited by Robert B. Partlow Jr.

The English Novel from Dickens to Lawrence by Raymond Williams

Dickens 1970 edited by Michael Slater

Charles Dickens’ Uncollected Writings from Household Words edited by Harry Stone

The Moral Art of Dickens (to be published later this fall) by Barbara Hardy

The Inimitable Dickens by A.E. Dyson

Conservative Man

Politics and the Social Sciences edited by Seymour Martin Lipset

Student Politics edited by Seymour Martin Lipset

Students in Revolt edited by Seymour Martin Lipset, edited by Philip G. Altbach

The Politics of Unreason: Right-Wing Extremism in America, 1790-1970 by Seymour Martin Lipset and Earl Raab

Political Order in Changing Societies by Samuel P. Huntington

O Calcutta!

The Diary of Samuel Pepys edited by Robert Latham, edited by William Matthews. contributing editors: and William A. Armstrong and MacDonald Emslie and Oliver Miller and the late T.F Reddaway

Moth Myth

Papillon by Henri Charrière, translated by June P. Wilson, translated by Walter Benn Michaels

Les Quatre Vérités de Papillon by Georges Ménager

Papillon Épinglé by Gérard de Villiers

Rabbit Stew

Frederick the Great by Nancy Mitford

Frederick the Great by Gerhard Ritter, translated and with an Introduction by Peter Paret


John Bayley is a critic and novelist. His books include Elegy for Iris and The Power of Delight: A Lifetime in Literature.

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.

Stuart Hampshire (1914–2004) was an English philosopher. He taught at University College London, Princeton, Stanford and Oxford, where he was named Warden of Wadham College. His books include Thought and Action, Spinoza and Justice Is Conflict.

J.H. Plumb (1911–2001) was a British historian. He taught at Cambridge and Columbia. Plumb was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1968 and was knighted in 1982. His works include England in the Eighteenth Century, The Making of a Historian,and The American Experience.

Christopher Ricks teaches at Boston University in the Core Curriculum and the Editorial Institute and is a former president of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. From 2004 to 2009 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. His recent books include True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound and Decisions and Revisions in T.S. Eliot.

Jean Stafford (1915–1979) was a novelist and short story writer. Her Collected Stories won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1970.

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.