Ravaged by Common Sense

Benjamin Franklin: A Biography in His Own Words edited by Thomas Fleming

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin edited by Leonard W. Labaree, edited by Ralph L. Ketcham, edited by Helen C. Boatfield, edited by Helene M. Fineman

Road to Revolution: Benjamin Franklin in England, 1765-1775 by Cecil B. Currey

Code 72
Ben Franklin: Patriot or Spy?
by Cecil B. Currey

The Papers of Benjamin Franklin edited by Leonard W. Labaree, edited by William B. Willcox

Darling, They’re Quoting Our Poem

The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature: Volume 4, 1900-1950 edited by I.R. Willison

The New Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1950 chosen and edited by Helen Gardner

The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse chosen by Philip Larkin

Latins in Manhattan

The Eyes of the Interred by Miguel Angel Asturias, translated by Gregory Rabassa

Triple Cross: Novellas by Carlos Fuentes and José Donoso and Severo Sarduy, translated by Suzanne Jill Levine, translated by Hallie D. Taylor

Diary of the War of the Pig by Adolfo Bioy Casares, translated by Gregory Woodruff, translated by Donald A. Yates

62: A Model Kit by Julio Cortázar, translated by Gregory Rabassa

Counselor Ayres’ Memorial by Machado de Assis, translated by Helen Caldwell

The Vampire of Curitiba and Other Stories by Dalton Trevisan, translated by Gregory Rabassa

Seven Voices: Seven Latin American Writers Talk to Rita Guibert by Rita Guibert, translated by Frances Partridge


Denis Donoghue is Emeritus University Professor of English and American Letters at NYU. (April 2016)

Andrew Hacker teaches political science at Queens College. He is currently working on a book about the Republican Party. (September 2018)

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.

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.

I.F. Stone (1907–1989) was an American journalist and publisher whose self-published newsletter, I.F. Stone’s Weekly, challenged the conservatism of American journalism in the midcentury. A Noncomformist History of Our Times (1989) is a six-volume anthology of Stone’s writings.

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.

Michael Wood is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. His most recent book is On Empson.