A Great Explorer

Science and Civilisation in China Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part II: Spagyrical Discovery and Invention: Magisteries of Gold and Immortality by Joseph Needham, with the collaboration of Lu Gwei-Djen

Winter’s Tales

The Sacred and Profane Love Machine by Iris Murdoch

The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell

The Last Days of Louisiana Red by Ishmael Reed

Winter in the Blood by James Welch

The Resistance in Russia

Fat Sasha and the Urban Guerilla: Protest and Conformism in the Soviet Union by David Bonavia

Samizdat: Voices of the Soviet Opposition edited by George Saunders, translated by the editor and Marilyn Vogt

Ten Years After Ivan Denisovich by Zhores A. Medvedev, translated by Hilary Sternberg

The Last Exodus by Leonard Schroeter

I Am a Jew: Essays on Jewish Identity in the Soviet Union B’nai Brith edited by Aleksander Voronel, edited by Viktor Yakhot

Jewishness Rediscovered: Jewish Identity in the Soviet Union B’nai Brith edited by Aleksander Voronel, edited by Viktor Yakhot

Boomerang: The Works of Valentyn Moroz edited by Yaroslav Bihun, introduction by Paul L. Gersper

Report from the Beria Reserve: The Protest Writings of Valentyn Moroz Chicago, Illinois 60680) edited and translated by John Kolasky

Church, State and Opposition in the USSR Communism by Gerhard Simon, translated by Kathleen Matchett. in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Religion and


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 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.

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.

Richard Ellmann (1918–1987) was an American critic and biographer. He taught at Northwestern, Oxford and Emory, where he was named Robert W. Professor in 1980. He won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for James Joycein 1959; a revised edition was awarded the James Tate Black Memorial Prize in 1982.

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.

Christopher Lasch (1932–1994) was an American historian.

Peter B. Reddaway is Professor Emeritus of Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.

Charles Rosen was a pianist and music critic. In 2011 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal.

Roger Sale is a critic and journalist. Until 1999, he was Professor of English at the University of Washington. His books include Modern Heroism: Essays on D. H. Lawrence, William Empson and J.R.R. Tolkien and On Not Being Good Enough: Writings of a Working Critic.

Stephen Spender (1909–1995) was an English poet and essayist. As a young man, he became friends with W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Cecil Day-Lewis, and Christopher Isherwood, a loose collection often referred to as “the Auden Group” or “MacSpaunday.” He published many collections of poems, including The Still Centre and Ruins and Visions, and numerous volumes of nonfiction and other works, including Learning Laughterand Love-Hate Relations.

Jean Strouse, Director of the Dorothy and Lewis B. ­Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York 
Public Library and the author of Alice James, A Biography and Morgan: American Financier, is writing a book about John Singer Sargent’s twelve portraits of the Asher Wertheimer family.