The Wizard of the ‘Wizard’

To Please a Child by Frank Joslyn Baum and Russell P. MacFall

The Wizard of Oz and Who He Was edited with two introductory essays by Martin Gardner and Russell B. Nye

The Oz Scrapbook by David L. Greene and Dick Martin

Wonderful Wizard Marvelous Land by Raylyn Moore, with an introduction by Ray Bradbury

The Chinese Dream Machine

China and the Search for Happiness: Recurring Themes in Four Thousand Years of Chinese Cultural History by Wolfgang Bauer, translated by Michael Shaw

Chinese Socialism to 1907 by Martin Bernal

Chinese Shadows by Simon Leys

The Holes in Black Holes

The Collapsing Universe: The Story of Black Holes by Isaac Asimov

Space, Time, and Gravity: The Theory of the Big Bang and Black Holes by Robert M. Wald

The Key to the Universe: A Report on the New Physics by Nigel Calder

Space and Time in the Modern Universe by P.C.W. Davies

Ten Faces of the Universe by Fred Hoyle

The Iron Sun: Crossing the Universe Through Black Holes by Adrian Berry

White Holes: Cosmic Gushers in the Universe by John Gribbin

Porn, Propaganda, and the Enlightenment

The Widening Circle: Essays on the Circulation of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Robert Darnton and Bernhard Fabian and Roy McKeen Wiles, edited by Paul J. Korshin

Priest and Parish in Eighteenth-Century France: A Social and Political Study of the Curés in the Diocese of Dauphiné, 1750-1791 by Timothy Tackett

Lafayette: A Biography by Peter Buckman


C. B. A. Behrens (1904–1989) was a British historian of Europe. She was the author of The Ancien Régimeand Society, Government and The Enlightenment.

Nigel Dennis (1912–1989) was an English writer, critic and editor. His books include Boys and Girls Come Out to Play and An Essay on Malta.

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.
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Martin Gardner (1914–2010) was a science writer and novelist. He was the author of The New Ambidextrous Universe, Fractal Music, Hypercards and More, The Night is Large and Visitors from Oz.

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

Conor Cruise O’Brien (1917–2009) was an Irish historian and politician. He was elected to the Irish parliament in 1969 and served as a Minister from 1973 until 1977. His works include States of Ireland, The Great Melody and Memoir: My Life and Themes.

Jonathan Spence is Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. Among his books are The Death of Woman Wang, Treason by the Book, The Question of Hu, and The Search for Modern China.

Robert Towers (1923–1995) was an American critic and novelist. Born in Virginia, Towers was educated at Princeton and served for two years as Vice Counsel at the American Consulate General in Calcutta before dedicating himself to literary studies. He taught English literature and creative writing at Princeton, Queens College and Columbia.

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was an American novelist, essayist, and playwright. His many works include the memoirs Point to Point Navigation and Palimpsest, the novels The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln, and the collection United States: Essays 1952–1992.

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)

Henri Zerner, Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard, is the author of Renaissance Art in France: The Invention of Classicism and Écrire l’histoire de l’art: Figures d’une discipline.