Martyr by Choice

Lumumba Speaks: The Speeches and Writings of Patrice Lumumba 1958-1961 edited by Jean Van Lierde, translated by Helen Lane, with an Introduction by Jean-Paul Sartre

French History: The Case of the Wandering Eye

Reactions to the French Revolution by Richard Cobb

The Police and the People: French Popular Protest 1789-1820 by Richard Cobb

A Second Identity: Essays on France and French History by Richard Cobb

Crimes et criminalité en France sous I’Ancien Régime, 17e-18e siècles by A. Abbiateci and F. Billacois and Y. Bongert and N. Castan and Y. Castan and P. Petrovitch

Les Hommes et la mort en Anjou aux 17e et 18e siècles by François Lebrun

Vision de la mort et de l’au-delà en Provence d’après les autels des âmes du purgatoire, XVe-XXe siècles by Gaby Vovelle and Michel Vovelle

Touch and Go

Groups, Gimmicks, and Instant Gurus by William R. Coulson

The Pit by Gene Church and Conrad D. Carnes

After the Czech “New Wave”

All the Bright Young Men and Women: A Personal History of the Czech Cinema by Josef Skvorecky

Political Grouping in the Czechoslovak Reform Movement by Vladimir V. Kusin

Reform Rule in Czechoslovakia: The Dubcek Era 1968-1969 by Galia Golan

Short Reviews

The Case for Black Reparations by Boris I. Bittker

A Piece of Truth by Amalia Fleming

Days of Sadness, Years of Triumph: The American People 1939-1945 by Geoffrey Perrett


Robert M. Adams (1915-1996) was a founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature. He taught at the University of Wisconsin, Rutgers, Cornell and U.C.L.A. His scholarly interested ranged from Milton to Joyce, and his translations of many classic works of French literature continue to be read to this day.

Neal Ascherson is the author of Black Sea, Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland and the novel Death of the Fronsac. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
 (December 2019)

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.

Joseph Brodsky (1940–1996) was a Russian poet and essayist. Born in Leningrad, Brodsky moved to the United States when he was exiled from Russia in 1972. His poetry collections include A Part of Speech andTo Urania; his essay collections include Less Than One, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Watermark. In 1987, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He served as US Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1992.

Robert Darnton’s latest book is A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution. He is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard.
 (December 2019)

Jason Epstein, former Editorial Director at Random House, was a founder of The New York Review and of the Library of America. He is the author of Eating: A Memoir. (Dectember 2013)

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.

Peter Singer is the Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. His books include Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, The Most Good You Can Do, and, most recently, Famine, Affluence, and Morality. (May 2016)

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