A Working Girl

Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism by Marina Warner

Joan of Arc: The Legend and the Reality by Frances Gies

Kilmartin’s Way

Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin and Andreas Mayor

Marcel Proust’s Grasset Proofs: Commentary and Variants (distributed by the University of North Carolina Press) by Douglas W. Alden

Proust and the Art of Love: The Aesthetics of Sexuality in the Life, Times, and Art of Marcel Proust by J.E. Rivers

Proust’s Recherche: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation by Randolph Splitter

Proust dans la recherche littéraire by Sigbrit Swahn

Proust’s Additions: The Making of ‘A la recherche du temps perdu,’ by Alison Winton

Know Thy President

Reagan the Man, the President by Hedrick Smith and Adam Clymer and Leonard Silk and Robert Lindsey and Richard Burt

The Real Reagan: What He Believes, What He Has Accomplished, What We Can Expect From Him by Frank van der Linden

Ronald Reagan: A Political Biography by Lee Edwards

Reagan in Pursuit of the Presidency
by Doug Wead and Bill Wead

Where’s the Rest of Me? The Autobiography of Ronald Reagan by Richard G. Hubler

Ronald Reagan: His Life and Rise to the Presidency by Bill Boyarsky

The Future Under President Reagan edited by Wayne Valis

Reaganomics: Supply Side Economics in Action by Bruce Bartlett

Return of the Native

The Issa Valley by Czeslaw Milosz, translated by Louis Iribarne

Native Realm: A Search for Self-Definition paperback edition by Czeslaw Milosz, translated by Catherine S. Leach

Emperor of the Earth: Modes of Eccentric Vision by Czeslaw Milosz

Bells in Winter translated by Czeslaw Milosz, translated by Lillian Vallee

The Captive Mind by Czeslaw Milosz, translated by Jane Zielonko. (with a new foreword by the author)

The Way We Lived Then

Edwardian Childhoods by Thea Thompson

Roses in December: Edwardian Recollections by Amy Stewart Fraser

East End Underworld: Chapters in the Life of Arthur Harding edited by Raphael Samuel

The People’s England by Alan Ereira

The Victorian Countryside edited by Gordon E. Mingay

The Gentleman’s Country House and Its Plan 1835-1914 by Jill Franklin


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

Ronald Blythe is an English editor and writer, born and raised in rural Suffolk. He is best known for Akenfield, and has published several novels and essay collections, most recently At the Yeoman’s House. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, which awarded him the 2006 Benson Medal for lifelong achievement, and has been the president of the John Clare Society since its founding. He lives at Bottengoms Farm in Suffolk.

Francis Haskell (1928-2000) was an English art historian. His works include Patrons and Painters: Art and Society in Baroque Italyand History and its Images: Art and the Interpretation of the Past. Haskell taught at Oxford.

Stanley Hoffmann (1928-2015) was the Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor at Harvard. His most recent books are Chaos and Violence: What Globalization, Failed States, and Terrorism Mean for US Foreign Policy and Rousseau and Freedom, coedited with Christie McDonald.

Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) was a novelist, essayist, and critic. Her political and social commentary, literary essays, and drama criticism appeared in magazines such as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The New York Review of Books, and were collected in On the Contrary (1961), Mary McCarthy’s Theatre Chronicles 1937-1962 (1963), The Writing on the Wall (1970), Ideas and the Novel (1980), and Occasional Prose (1985). Her novels include The Company She Keeps (1942), The Oasis (1949), The Groves of Academe (1952), A Charmed Life (1955), The Group (1963), Birds of America (1971), and Cannibals and Missionaries (1979). She was the author of three works of autobiography, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (1957), How I Grew (1987), and the unfinished Intellectual Memoirs (1992), and two travel books about Italy, Venice Observed (1956) and The Stones of Florence (1959). Her essays on the Vietnam War were collected in The Seventeenth Degree (1974); her essays on Watergate were collected in The Mask of State (1974).

Sarah Plimpton is a poet and artist working in several media, including oil painting, printmaking, and artists’ books. Her artwork is in such public collections as the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 (July 2011)

Roger Shattuck (1923–2005) was an American writer and scholar of French culture. He taught at Harvard, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, and Boston University, where he was named University Professor. His books includeForbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography.

Keith Thomas is an Honorary Fellow of All Souls ­College, Oxford. His latest book is In Pursuit of Civility: Manners and Civilization in Early Modern England. (January 2019)

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.

Nicholas von Hoffman is a columnist for The Huffington Post.