Double Life

The Life of Jane Austen by John Halperin

A Goodly Heritage: A History of Jane Austen’s Family by George Holbert Tucker

Heading for the Last Roundup

Paris, Texas a film directed by Wim Wenders, written by Sam Shepard

Motel Chronicles by Sam Shepard

Plays by Sam Shepard, Angei City (1976), Operation Sidewinder (1970), Suicide in Bb (1976), True West (1980), Mad Dog Blues (1971), Action (1975), 4-H Club (1965), The Unseen Hand (1969), by Sam Shepard

American Communism Revisited

Which Side Were You On? The American Communist Party During the Second World War by Maurice Isserman

The Heyday of American Communism: The Depression Decade by Harvey Klehr

Steve Nelson: American Radical by Steve Nelson and James R. Barrett and Rob Ruck

A Long Journey by George Charney

A Long View from the Left by Al Richmond

The Narrative of Hosea Hudson by Nell Irvin Painter

Black Bolshevik: Autobiography of an Afro-American Communist by Harry Haywood


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

Christopher Benfey is the Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author of five books, including Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival and, most recently, IF: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years. (July 2020)

David Cannadine is the Dodge Professor of History at Princeton.

Theodore H. Draper (1912–2006) was an American historian. Educated at City College, he wrote influential studies of the American Communist Party, the Cuban Revolution and the Iran-Contra Affair. Draper was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the 1990 recipient of the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association.

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.

Stuart Hampshire (1914–2004) was an English philosopher. He taught at University College London, Princeton, Stanford and Oxford, where he was named Warden of Wadham College. His books include Thought and Action, Spinoza and Justice Is Conflict.

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)

Janet Malcolm’s latest book is Nobody’s Looking at You, a collection of essays. (April 2020)

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

Jean Strouse, Director of the Dorothy and Lewis B. ­Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York 
Public Library and the author of Alice James, A Biography and Morgan: American Financier, is writing a book about John Singer Sargent’s twelve portraits of the Asher Wertheimer family.