The Bishops and the Bomb

The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response, The Pastoral Letter of the US Bishops on War and Peace. National Catholic News Service

Report of the President’s Commission on Strategic Forces (The Scowcroft Commission).

The Wise and Gentle Lamb

Young Charles Lamb 1775-1802 by Winifred F. Courtney

A Portrait of Charles Lamb by David Cecil

Companion to Charles Lamb: A Guide to People and Places 1750-1847 by Claude A. Prance

Darwin’s Revolution

Darwin for Beginners by Jonathan Miller and Borin Van Loon

Evolution Now: A Century After Darwin edited by John Maynard Smith

Evolution Without Evidence: Charles Darwin and “The Origin of Species” by Barry G. Gale

The Monkey Puzzle: Reshaping the Evolutionary Tree by John Gribbin and Jeremy Cherfas

The Myths of Human Evolution by Niles Eldredge and Ian Tattersall

Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution by Douglas J. Futuyma

Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism by Philip Kitcher, with Patricia Kitcher

Darwinism Defended: A Guide to the Evolution Controversies by Michael Ruse, foreword by Ernst Mayr

On the Eve

In War’s Dark Shadow: The Russians Before the Great War by W. Bruce Lincoln

The Romanov Family Album introduction by Robert K. Massie, picture research by Marilyn Pfeifer Swezey, assembled by Anna Vyrubova

The Right Stuff

From the First Nine: Poems 1946-1976 by James Merrill

The Changing Light at Sandover “Mirabell’s Books of Number,” “Scripts for the Pageant,” and a new coda, “The Higher Keys” including the whole of the trilogy: "The Book of Ephraim," and James Merrill


Robert M. Adams (1915-1996) was a founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature. He taught at the University of Wisconsin, Rutgers, Cornell and U.C.L.A. His scholarly interested ranged from Milton to Joyce, and his translations of many classic works of French literature continue to be read to this day.

John Gross (1935–2011) was an English editor and critic. From 1974 to 1981, he was editor of The Times Literary Supplement; he also served as senior book editor and critic at The New York Times. His memoir, A Double Thread, was published in 2001.

John Hollander is Sterling Professor Emeritus of English at Yale.

Christopher Jencks is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at Harvard. He is the author of Rethinking Social Policy and The Homeless, among other books. (June 2016)

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

Richard C. Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change and Biology as Ideology, and the co-author of The Dialectical Biologist (with Richard Levins) and Not in Our Genes (with Steven Rose and Leon Kamin).

Jonathan Lieberson (1949–1989) was a philosopher, editor and critic. Lieberson taught at Barnard and Columbia. His book of essays, Varieties, included reflections on personalities as diverse as Diana Vreeland, Paul Valery and Clifford Geertz.

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

Robert O. Paxton is Mellon Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Columbia and the author of The Anatomy of Fascism, Vichy France, and, with Julie Hessler, Europe in the Twentieth Century, among other works.
 (December 2018)

John Richardson (1924–2019) was a curator, art historian, and author of a multivolume biography of Pablo Picasso.