Pushkin by Henri Troyat, translated by Nancy Amphoux

Pushkin on Literature translated and edited by Tatiana Wolff

Pushkin: A Comparative Commentary by John Bayley

A State of Catastrophe

Political Change in California: Critical Elections and Social Movements, 1890-1966 by Michael Paul Rogin and John L. Shover

Reagan and Reality: The Two Californias by Edmund G. (Pat) Brown

Ronnie and Jesse: A Political Odyssey by Lou Cannon

The Destruction of California by Raymond F. Dasmann

Anti-California: Report from Our First Parafascist State by Kenneth Lamott

The Secret Boss of California by Arthur H. Samish and Bob Thomas

Backward History in a Backward Country

The Rise of the Romanovs by Vasili Kliuchevsky, translated by Liliana Archibald

Russia in World History, Selected Essays by M.N. Pokrovsky, translated by Roman Szporluk, translated by Mary Ann Szporluk

Russia in the Era of Peter the Great by L. Jay Oliva

The Tsars: From Ivan the Terrible to Nicholas II, 1533-1917 by Ronald Hingley

The Tragic Dynasty: A History of the Romanovs by John Bergamini

The Romanovs: Three Centuries of an Ill-Fated Dynasty by E.M. Almedingen

Years of the Golden Cockerel: The Last Romanov Tsars, 1814-1917 by Sidney Harcave

The Cossacks by Philip Longworth

Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie


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.

Martin Malia is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author, most recently, of Russia Under Western Eyes, from the Bronze Horseman to the Lenin Mausoleum. (November 2001)

Jonathan Miller has directed operas and plays throughout the world, most recently Pelléas and Mélisande at the Metropolitan Opera. His many books include The Body in Question, States of Mind, On Reflection, and Nowhere in Particular. The article that appears in this issue is based on a talk given at the New York Public Library. (May 2000)

Vladimir Nabokov was the author of Lolita, Pale Fire, Pnin, Ada, and many other novels. He died in 1977.

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.