Calculated Risks

Spectral Emanations: New and Selected Poems by John Hollander

A Call in the Midst of the Crowd by Alfred Corn

The Selected Poems: 1951-1977 by A. R. Ammons

Five Hundred Years of the King’s English

The Oxford University Press and the Spread of Learning: An Illustrated History by Nicolas Barker

A History of the Oxford University Press Volume I: To the Year 1780 by Harry Carter

The Oxford University Press: An Informal History by Peter Sutcliffe

Caught in the Web of Words: James Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary by K.M. Elisabeth Murray

The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing 1450-1800 by Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin, translated by David Gerard

Strangers and Brothers

Lost Tribes and Promised Lands: The Origins of American Racism by Ronald Sanders

The Church Militant and Iberian Expansion, 1440-1770 by C.R. Boxer


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

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)

D. W. Harding (1906–1993) was a British psychologist and literary critic. In1933 he joined FR Leavis as an editor of Scrutiny, where much of his literary criticism appeared, but also work, notably on aggression, that led to The Impulse to Dominate and Social Psychology and Individual Values.

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.

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

H. R. Trevor-Roper (1914–2003) was a British historian and the author of The Last Days of Hitler. He taught at Oxford, where he was the Regius Professor Modern History.

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)

Sheldon S. Wolin is Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton.

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