The Socratic Method

Eros in Greece by John Boardman and Eugenio La Rocca, photographs by Antonia Mulas

Eros in Antiquity photographed by Antonia Mulas

Greek Homosexuality by K. J. Dover

The Return of Ruskin

Ruskin’s Venice edited by Arnold Whittick

Looking at Architecture with Ruskin by John Unrau

John Ruskin: The Argument of the Eye by Robert Hewison

Ruskin by Quentin Bell


Great Days by Donald Barthelme

Ladies Man by Richard Price

Wrinkles by Charles Simmons

The German Leviathan

Germany 1866-1945 by Gordon A. Craig

The German Problem Reconsidered: Germany and the World Order, 1870 to the Present by David Calleo

Pinter Land

Poems and Prose 1949-1977 by Harold Pinter

Complete Works: Volumes One, Two, and Three by Harold Pinter

Betrayal by Harold Pinter, directed by Peter Hall

The Cabinet of Dr. Lacan

Ecrits: A Selection by Jacques Lacan, translated by Alan Sheridan

The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis by Jacques Lacan, edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, translated by Alan Sheridan

Jacques Lacan by Anika Lemaire, preface by Jacques Lacan, translated by David Macey


John Bayley is a critic and novelist. His books include Elegy for Iris and The Power of Delight: A Lifetime in Literature.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986), a giant in Latin American letters, wrote numerous books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and was a prodigious translator of authors such as Kipling, Woolf, Faulkner, and Poe. He was a regular contributor to Victoria Ocampo’s journal Sur, and a frequent dinner guest of Silvina Ocampo and Bioy Casares. Over one of their legendary conversations, the three friends came upon the idea of editing the Antología de la Literatura Fantástica, which was published in 1940.

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. She is the author of Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce, among other novels, and a memoir, Flyover Lives.
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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.

Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. His most recent book is The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America. (June 2011)

V.S. Pritchett (1900–1997) was a British essayist, novelist and short story writer. He worked as a foreign correspondent for the The Christian Science Monitorand as a literary critic forNew Statesman. In 1968 Pritchett was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire; he was knighted in 1975. His body of work includes many collections of short stories, in addition to travelogues, reviews, literary biographies and novels.

Alastair Reid (1926 -2014) was a poet, prose chronicler, translator, and traveler. Born in Scotland, he came to the United States in the early 1950s, began publishing his poems in The New Yorker in 1951, and for the next fifty-odd years was a traveling correspondent for that magazine. Having lived in both Spain and Latin America for long spells, he was a constant translator of poetry from the Spanish language, in particular the work of Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda. He published more than forty books, among them two word books for children, Ounce Dice Trice, with drawings by Ben Shahn, and Supposing…, with drawings by Bob Gill, both available from The New York Review Children’s Collection.

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.

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.