Where the New Pope Stands

The Year of Three Popes by Peter Hebblethwaite

Voices of Authority by Nicholas Lash

Illustrissimi: Letters from Pope John Paul I by Albino Luciani, translated by William Weaver

The Dilemmas of Contemporary Religion by David Martin

The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine Vol. III: The Growth of Medieval Theology (600-1300) by Jaroslav Pelikan

Sign of Contradiction by Karol Wojtyla

Easter Vigil and Other Poems by Karol Wojtyla, translated by Jerzy Peterkiewicz

Divorce à la Mode

Husbands and Wives: A Nation-wide Survey of Marriage by Anthony Pietropinto and Jacqueline Simenauer

The Extra-Sex Factor: Why Over Half of America’s Married Men Play Around by Lewis Yablonsky

Current Population Reports: Series P-20 Bureau of the Census United States No.297: Number, Timing and Duration of Marriages and Divorces in the

Current Population Reports: Series P-20 Bureau of the Census Characteristics No.312: Marriage, Divorce, Widowhood and Remarriage by Family

Current Population Reports: Series P-20 Bureau of the Census No.323: Marital Status and Living Arrangements

The Broken Spine

Andrei Platonov: Collected Works

Chevengur by Andrei Platonov, translated by Anthony Olcott

Isaac Babel: The Forgotten Prose translated by Nicholas Stroud

China: How Much Success?

China as a Model of Development by Al Imfeld

China’s Economy and the Maoist Strategy by John G. Gurley

China’s Economic Revolution by Alexander Eckstein


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

Caroline Blackwood (1931-1996) was born into a rich Anglo-Irish aristocratic family. She rebelled against her background at an early age and led a hectic and bohemian life, which included marriages to the painter Lucian Freud, the pianist and composer Israel Citkowitz, and the poet Robert Lowell. In the 1970s Blackwood began to write. Among her books are several novels, including Great Granny Webster and Corrigan (both available as NYRB Classics); On the Perimeter, an account of the women’s anti-nuclear protest at Greenham Common; and The Last of the Duchess, about the old age of the Duchess of Windsor.

David Brion Davis was Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale and Director Emeritus of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is the author of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World.

Andrew Hacker teaches political science at Queens College. He is currently working on a book about the Republican Party. (September 2018)

Jane Kramer writes for The New Yorker. Her books include Europeans, The Politics of Memory, and most recently, The Reporter’s Kitchen. (July 2018)

Robert Mazzocco (1932–2017) was an American poet and critic.

James Merrill (1926–1995) was an American poet whose major work The Changing Light at Sandover describes a series of spirit communications conducted over many years. He won the National Book Award from his collections Nights and Days and Mirabell: Books of Number.

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932 and emigrated to England in 1950, when he won a scholarship to University College, Oxford. He is the author of many novels, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize. He has also written several nonfiction works based on his travels, including India: A Million Mutinies Now and Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples. He was knighted in 1990 and in 1993 was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize.

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.

Helen Vendler is the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor Emerita in the Department of English at Harvard. Her latest book is The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar, a collection of essays. (December 2019)