She Had It All

My Life by George Sand, translated and adapted by Dan Hofstadter

George Sand in Her Own Words translated and edited by Joseph Barry, introduction by Ellen Moers

The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters translated by A.L. McKenzie

The Double Life of George Sand, Woman and Writer by Renee Winegarten


Treasures of Tutankhamun with commentary by I.E.S. Edwards, photographs by Lee Boltin

Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures by I.E.S. Edwards

The Gold of Tutankhamun by Arnold C. Brackman and Kamal El Mallakh, with a preface by William Kelly Simpson

Egyptian Treasures from the Collections of the Brooklyn Museum with commentaries by Robert S. Bianchi, photographs by Seth Jowel

An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary by E.A. Wallis Budge

Egypt Observed by Henri Gougand and Colette Gouvion

Ramesses the Great, Master of the World by William MacQuitty, foreword by T.G.H. James

Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving

The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen by Howard Carter and A.C. Mace

Egypt Before the Pharaohs: The Prehistoric Foundations of Egyptian Civilization by Michael A. Hoffman

The Ancient Egyptians: A Sourcebook of Their Writings by Adolf Erman

The Wisdom of the Ancient Egyptians by William MacQuitty

Ancient Egypt: A Cultural Topography by Hermann Kees

Egyptian Religion: Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life by E.A. Wallis Budge

Egyptian Magic by E. A. Wallis Budge

The Egyptian Gods: A Handbook by Alan W. Shorter

Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs by Barbara Mertz

Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt by Barbara Mertz

Ancient Egypt by Warner Hutchinson

Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid by Piazzi Smyth

The Great Pyramid Decoded by Peter Lemesurier

Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt by John Anthony West

The First Practical Pyramid Book by Norman Stark

The Shrines of Tut-Ankh-Amon translated by Alexandre Piankoff, edited by N. Rambova

The Egypt Story: Its Art, Its Monuments, Its People, Its History with text by P.H. Newby, photographs by Fred J. Maroon

Back to Burckhardt

Renaissance Man by Agnes Heller, translated by Richard E. Allen

Power and Imagination: City-States in Renaissance Italy by Lauro Martines

Cult of the Sword

Some Japanese Portraits by Donald Keene

Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by Tsunetomo Yamamoto, translated by William Scott Wilson

Giving Up the Gun: Japan’s Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879 by Noel Perrin

In the Trap

The Tree House Confessions by James McConkey

Ghost Images by Stephen Minot

Let the Lion Eat Straw by Ellease Southerland


Neal Ascherson is the author of Black Sea, Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland and the novel Death of the Fronsac. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
 (December 2019)

Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002) was an American geologist, biologist and historian of science. He taught at Harvard, where he was named Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, and at NYU. His last book was Punctuated Equilibrium.

Peter Green is Dougherty Centennial Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin and Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa. His books include The Hellenistic Age: A Short History and a translation of the Iliad. His translation of the Odyssey is forthcoming. (October 2017)

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.
 (October 2017)

David Joravsky is Professor Emeritus of History at Northwestern. His books include The Lysenko Affairand Russian Psychology: A Critical History.

Daniel J. Kevles is Professor of History Emeritus at Yale, a visiting scholar at NYU Law School, and a sometime lecturer at the Columbia School of Journalism. His works include The Physicists, In the Name of Eugenics, and, most recently, Heirloom Fruits of America: Selections from the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection.
 (July 2020)

Christopher Logue is the author of All Day Permanent Red: The First Battle Scenes of Homer’s Iliad Rewritten, of which the poem in this issue is a part. The new book, just published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, is the latest installment of War Music, an adaptation of the Iliad. His other works include several volumes of poetry, a pornographic novel, and a memoir, Prince Charming. (May 2003)

Richard Murphy’s Collected Poems were published in 2001.

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.

Stephen Spender (1909–1995) was an English poet and essayist. As a young man, he became friends with W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Cecil Day-Lewis, and Christopher Isherwood, a loose collection often referred to as “the Auden Group” or “MacSpaunday.” He published many collections of poems, including The Still Centre and Ruins and Visions, and numerous volumes of nonfiction and other works, including Learning Laughterand Love-Hate Relations.

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.

Michael Walzer is Professor Emeritus in the School of ­Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and co-­editor emeritus of Dissent. His new book, A Foreign Policy for the Left, will be published in the fall. (May 2017)

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