Poet for a Dark Age

A Summoning of Stones by Anthony Hecht

The Hard Hours by Anthony Hecht

Millions of Strange Shadows by Anthony Hecht

The Venetian Vespers by Anthony Hecht

A New Year Roundup

Vidal in Venice by Gore Vidal, edited by George Armstrong, photographs by Tore Gill

Jean Cocteau and the French Scene edited and with a preface by Arthur King Peters

T.S. Eliot An anniversary issue of The Southern Review

Tchaikovsky’s Ballets by Roland John Wiley

Arnold Schoenberg–Wassily Kandinsky: Letters, Pictures and Documents edited by Jelena Hahl-Koch, translated by John C. Crawford

Keeping the Lid On

Four Failures: A Report on the UN Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights in Chile, Guatemala, Iran and Poland a report from Americas Watch, Asia Watch, and Helsinki Watch

The Decline of Higher Learning

American Professors by Howard R. Bowen and Jack H. Schuster

The American Academic Profession: A Synthesis of Social Scientific Inquiry Since World War II by Martin J. Finkelstein

None of the Above: Behind the Myth of Scholastic Aptitude by David Owen

Terminal Degrees: The Job Crisis in Higher Education by Emily K. Abel

Liberating Education by Zelda F. Gamson. associates

The Lecherous Professor: Sexual Harassment on Campus by Billie Wright Dziech and Linda Weiner

Mastering the Techniques of Teaching by Joseph Lowman

Selective Guide to Colleges by Edward B. Fiske

The Zero-Sum Solution: Building a World-Class American Economy by Lester C. Thurow

To Reclaim a Legacy by William J. Bennett

Integrity in the College Curriculum by Frederick Rudolph. others

Involvement in Learning: Realizing the Potential of American Higher Education National Institute of Education


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.

Noel Annan (1916–2000) was a British military intelligence officer and scholar of European history. His works include Leslie Stephen and Our Age, Changing Enemies: The Defeat and Regeneration of Germany, and The Curious Strength of Positivism in English Political Thought.

Robert Craft is a conductor and writer. Craft’s close working friendship with Igor Stravinsky is the subject of his memoir, An Improbable Life. In 2002 he was awarded the International Prix du Disque at the Cannes Music Festival.

David Brion Davis was Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale and Director Emeritus of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is the author of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World.

Nadine Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. Her latest novel, No Time Like the Present, was published in March.
 (May 2012)

Andrew Hacker teaches political science at Queens College. He is currently working on a book about the Republican Party. (September 2018)

Murray Kempton (1917-1997) was a columnist for Newsday, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. His books include Rebellions, Perversities, and Main Events and The Briar Patch, as well as Part of Our Time. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985.

George F. Kennan (1904–2005) was an American diplomat, political scientist and historian. He is best known for his role in shaping US foreign policy during the Cold War and, in particular, for the doctrine of containment. Kennan was Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and served as Ambassador to the USSR in 1952 and as Ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1961 to 1963. His books include At a Century’s Ending and An American Family.

Brad Leithauser is a novelist, poet, and essayist. He lives in Massachusetts.

Norman Mailer (1923-2007) was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955 he co-founded The Village Voice. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner’s Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot’s Ghost; Oswald’s Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and The Castle in the Forest.