In Africa

Jungle Lovers by Paul Theroux

Farquharson’s Physique: And What It Did to His Mind by David Knight

The Wanderers by Ezekiel Mphahlele

This Earth, My Brother…An Allegorical Tale of Africa by Kofi Awoonor

Bound to Violence by Yambo Ouologuem, translated by Ralph Manheim

Sensuous Women

Kate Chopin, A Critical Biography by Per Seyersted

The Complete Works of Kate Chopin edited by Per Seyersted, Foreword by Edmund Wilson

Paranoia and American History

The Slave Power Conspiracy and the Paranoid Style by David Brion Davis

Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War by Eric Foner

Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War by David Donald

Charles Sumner and the Rights of Man by David Donald


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.

E. J. Hobsbawm (1917–2012) was a British historian. Born in Egypt, he was educated at Cambridge; he taught at Birkbeck College and The New School. His works include The Age of Extremes; Globalisation, Democracy and Terrorism; and On Empire.

David Joravsky is Professor Emeritus of History at Northwestern. His books include The Lysenko Affairand Russian Psychology: A Critical History.

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.

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

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.