Allen’s Alley

On Being Funny: Woody Allen and Comedy by Eric Lax

Woody Allen: A Biography by Lee Guthrie

Woody Allen’s Play It Again Sam edited by Richard J. Anobile

Non-Being and Somethingness: Selections from the Comic Strip Inside Woody Allen drawn by Stuart Hample

Tolstoy in Doubt

Tolstoy’s Letters: Volume I, 1828-1879; Volume II, 1880-1910 selected, edited, and translated by R. F. Christian

Inescapable Marx

The Karl Marx Library edited by Saul K. Padover

The Marx-Engels Reader edited by Robert C. Tucker

The Making of Marx’s Capital by Roman Rosdolsky, translated by Pete Burgess

Karl Marx: His Life and Thought by David McLellan

Karl Marx by David McLellan

Marx’s Fate: The Shape of a Life by Jerrold Seigel

Marx’s Theory of History by William Shaw

The Structure of Marx’s World-View by John McMurtry

Marx’s Capital and Capitalism Today by Antony Cutler, Barry Hindess, Paul Hirst, and Athar Hussain

Marxist Perspectives: Vol. I, No. 1, Spring 1978

Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution Part One: The State and Bureaucracy by Hal Draper

Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes by Hal Draper

The Marxian Legacy by Dick Howard

Deciphering the Big Book

The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in Matthew and Luke by Raymond E. Brown

A Palpable God: Thirty Stories Translated from the Bible with an Essay on the Origins and Life of Narrative by Reynolds Price

The Early Versions of the New Testament by Bruce M. Metzger


Rosemary Dinnage’s books include The Ruffian on the Stair, One to One: Experiences of Psychotherapy, and Annie Besant.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908–2006) was a Canadian economist and politician. He taught at Princeton and Harvard. His works include The Affluent Society, The Age of Uncertainty and Economics and the Public Purpose. Galbraith’s many honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Lomonosov Gold Medal, the Order of Canada, and the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award.

Robert L. Heilbroner (1919–2005) was an American economist. He taught economic history at the New School, where he was appointed Norman Thomas Professor of Economics in 1971.

Aileen Kelly is a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. Her books include Toward Another Shore: Russian Thinkers Between Necessity and Chance.

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.

Bernard Knox (1914–2010) was an English classicist. He was the first director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. Among his many books are The Heroic Temper, The Oldest Dead White European Males, and Backing into the Future: The Classical Tradition and Its Renewal. He is the editor of The Norton Book of Classical Literature and wrote the introductions and notes for Robert Fagles’s translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey.

William Styron (1925–2006) was the author of several novels, including Sophie’s Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner.

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.

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