The Great American Debate

The Dispute of the New World: The History of a Polemic, 1750-1900 by Antonello Gerbi, translated by Jeremy Moyle

American Genesis: Captain John Smith and the Founding of Virginia by Alden Vaughan

Bartolomé de Las Casas in History edited by Juan Friede, edited by Benjamin Keen

All Mankind Is One by Lewis Hanke

In Defense of the Indians by Bartolomé de Las Casas, translated, edited, and annotated by Stafford Poole C.M.

Backstairs at Court

Conversations with Kennedy by Benjamin C. Bradlee

Before the Fall: An Inside View of the Pre-Watergate White House by William Safire

Romantic Documents

Flaubert: Correspondence Tome I, 1830-1851 edited by Jean Bruneau

Byron’s Letters and Journals, Vol. 1: ‘In my hot youth,’ 1798-1810, Vol. 2: ‘Famous in my time,’ 1810-1812, Vol. 3: ‘Alas! the love of Women!’ 1813-1814 edited by Leslie A. Marchand

Within the Pale

An Introduction to Gaelic Poetry by Derick Thomson

The Faber Book of Irish Verse edited by John Montague


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.

J. H. Elliott is Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern ­History at Oxford. His books include Empires of the Atlantic World: ­Britain and Spain in America, 1492–1830 and, most ­recently, Scots and Catalans: Union and Disunion.
 (November 2019)

Steven Englund is the author of, among other books, Napoleon: A Political Life. (March 2016)

Eric Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. His books include The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery and Battles for Freedom: The Use and Abuse of American History.
 (December 2017)

William H. Gass (1924–2017) was an essayist, novelist, and literary critic. He grew up in Ohio and taught philosophy at Washington University. Among his books are six works of fiction and nine books of essays, including Tests of Time (2002), A Temple of Texts (2006), and Life Sentences (2012).

Seamus Heaney’s first poetry collection, Death of a Naturalist, appeared forty years ago. Since then he has published poetry, criticism, and translations that have established him as one of the leading poets of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Andrew Kopkind (1935–1994) was a journalist and editor. Kopkind’s work chronicled the turbulence of the American sixties and seventies; he wrote on the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War era, and the rise of Ronald Regan in Time Magazine, The Nation, and The New Republic, where he served as associate editor. An anthology of his work, The Thirty Years’ Wars: Dispatches and Diversions of a Radical Journalist, 1965-1994, was published in 1995.

Karl Miller is a British editor and critic. In 1979 he founded the London Review of Books.

Richard Murphy’s Collected Poems were published in 2001.

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

Garry Wills, a journalist and historian, is the author of numerous books, including Nixon Agonistes (1970), Inventing America (1978), Explaining America: The Federalist (1981), and Lincoln at Gettysburg (1993), which won a Pulitzer Prize that year. His most recent book is What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters (2017). (November 2019)

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