The Bloom Is Off

Vita: The Life of V. Sackville-West by Victoria Glendinning

Harold Nicolson: A Biography Vol. I, 1886–1929 Vol. II, 1930–1968 by James Lees-Milne

The New Eighteenth Century

In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party 1714–60 by Linda Colley

The Birth of a Consumer Society: The Commercialization of Eighteenth-Century England by Neil McKendrick and John Brewer and J.H. Plumb

Industrialization before Industrialization: Rural Industry in the Genesis of Capitalism by Peter Kriedte and Hans Medick and Jürgen Schlumbohm

Augustan England: Professions, State and Society, 1680–1730 by Geoffrey Holmes

Bath 1680–1850: A Social History, or, a Valley of Pleasure, yet a Sink of Iniquity by R. S. Neale

The Impact of English Towns, 1700–1800 by Penelope J. Corfield

The Georgian Triumph, 1700–1830 by Michael Reed

The Experience of Labour in Eighteenth-Century English Industry by John Rule

Marriage Settlements, 1601–1740: The Adoption of the Strict Settlement by Lloyd Bonfield

Electoral Behavior in Unreformed England: Plumpers, Splitters, and Straights by John A. Phillips

Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century Britain edited by Paul-Gabriel Boucé

Hogarth’s Marriage À-la-mode by Robert L.S. Cowley

Strict Settlement: A Guide for Historians by Barbara English and John Saville

English Society in the Eighteenth Century by Roy Porter


Richard Ellmann (1918–1987) was an American critic and biographer. He taught at Northwestern, Oxford and Emory, where he was named Robert W. Professor in 1980. He won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for James Joycein 1959; a revised edition was awarded the James Tate Black Memorial Prize in 1982.

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.

James Joll (1936–2011) was a British historian. His books include The Origins of the First World War and Europe Since 1870.

Alfred Kazin (1915–1998) was a writer and teacher. Among his books are On Native Grounds, a study of American literature from Howells to Faulkner, and the memoirs A Walker in the Cityand New York Jew. In 1996, he received the first Lifetime Award in Literary Criticism from the Truman Capote Literary Trust.

Arnold Relman (1923–2014) was Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a contributor of many articles and essays to The New York Review. Marcia Angell is a Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Arnold Relman was her husband.

Felix Rohatyn is an investment banker and has been a governor of the New York Stock Exchange, Chairman of the New York Municipal Assistance Corporation, and US Ambassador to France. (October 2008)

Lawrence Stone (1919–1999) was an English historian. He taught British history at Oxford and Princeton.

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was an American novelist, essayist, and playwright. His many works include the memoirs Point to Point Navigation and Palimpsest, the novels The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln, and the collection United States: Essays 1952–1992.

Edmund White has written biographies of Jean Genet, Marcel Proust, and Arthur Rimbaud. His memoir The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading will be published in June. (June 2018)

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown. His new book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, will be published in the fall.
 (May 2017)