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George Gissing: The Born Exile by Gillian Tindall

Arnold Bennett: A Biography by Margaret Drabble

Arnold Bennett: The Evening Standard Years edited with an introduction by Andrew Mylett

Surviving Death

Living and Dying by Robert Jay Lifton and Eric Olson

The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

Ending by Hilma Wolitzer

Jewish Reflections on Death edited by Rabbi Jack Riemer, with a foreword by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Parsifal: The Worship of Wagnerism

Parsifal Metropolitan Opera production, conducted by Georg Solti, with René Kollo and Gottlob Frick and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Christa Ludwig and Zoltan Kélémén and Hans Hotter

Parsifal, Volume 14 (score) edited by Martin Beck and Egon Voxx

Parsifal, Volume 30 (documents) of the Sämtliche Werke (Complete Works) of Richard Wagner edited by Martin Beck and Egon Voxx

Will South Africa Explode?

No Neutral Ground by Joel Carlson

Justice in South Africa by Albie Sachs

Modernizing Racial Domination: The Dynamics of South African Politics by Heribert Adam

A Taste of Power by Peter Randall

Big Problem for Marx

Karl Marx: His Life and Thought by David McLellan

Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx, translated with a foreword by Martin Nicolaus

Include Me Out

Hollywood by Garson Kanin

Wide-Eyed in Babylon by Ray Milland

Each Man in His Time by Raoul Walsh

Whatever Happened to Hollywood? by Jesse L. Lasky Jr.

Final Cut by Paul Sylbert

Talking Pictures: Screenwriters in the American Cinema by Richard Corliss


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.

Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013) was Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at NYU. His books include Is Democracy Possible Here?, Justice in Robes, Freedom’s Law, and Justice for Hedgehogs. He was the 2007 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize for “his pioneering scholarly work” of “worldwide impact” and he was recently awarded the Balzan Prize for his “fundamental contributions to Jurisprudence.”

Irvin Ehrenpreis (1920–1985) was the Linden Kent Memorial Professor of English Literature at the University of Virginia. In 1984 he received the Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa for the final volume of his trilogy, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age.

George M. Fredrickson is Edgar E. Robinson Professor of US History Emeritus at Stanford. His recent books include Racism: A Short History and Not Just Black and White, a collection co-edited with Nancy Foner.

Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.

Richard Murphy’s Collected Poems were published in 2001.

Wilfrid Sheed (1915–2011) was a British-American novelist and critic.

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