Waiting for Mandela

Nelson Mandela: The Man and the Movement by Mary Benson, foreword by Bishop Desmond M. Tutu

Part of My Soul Went With Him by Winnie Mandela, edited by Anne Benjamin, adapted by Mary Benson

Winnie Mandela by Nancy Harrison

Dispensations: The Future of South Africa as South Africans See It by Richard John Neuhaus

Right Man, Wrong Job

Diary of the Cavaliere Bernini’s Visit to France by Paul Fréart de Chantelou, edited with an introduction by Anthony Blunt, annotated by George C. Bauer, translated by Margery Corbett

Bernini in France: An Episode in Seventeenth-Century History by Cecil Gould

Boom at the Top

The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum

The White House Mess by Christopher Buckley

The Sisters by Robert Littell

Stallion Gate by Martin Cruz Smith


Melanie Klein: Her World and Her Work by Phyllis Grosskurth

Bloomsbury/Freud: The Letters of James and Alix Strachey, 1924–1925 edited by Perry Meisel, edited by Walter Kendrick

A Big Bungle

All Fall Down: America’s Tragic Encounter with Iran by Gary Sick

The Pride and the Fall: Iran 1974–1979 by Anthony Parsons

The Medley Is the Message

The Rustle of Language by Roland Barthes, translated by Richard Howard

The Responsibility of Forms: Critical Essays on Music, Art, and Representation by Roland Barthes, translated by Richard Howard


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.

Shaul Bakhash is Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University and the author of The Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution. (September 2005)

J.M. Coetzee is Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. He is the author of seventeen works of fiction, as well as ­numerous works of criticism and translation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. (September 2019)

Rosemary Dinnage’s books include The Ruffian on the Stair, One to One: Experiences of Psychotherapy, and Annie Besant.

Thomas R. Edwards (1928–2005) was Professor of English at Rutgers and editor of Raritan. His last book was Over Here: Criticizing America.

Martin Gardner (1914–2010) was a science writer and novelist. He was the author of The New Ambidextrous Universe, Fractal Music, Hypercards and More, The Night is Large and Visitors from Oz.

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.

Richard Murphy’s Collected Poems were published in 2001.

Conor Cruise O’Brien (1917–2009) was an Irish historian and politician. He was elected to the Irish parliament in 1969 and served as a Minister from 1973 until 1977. His works include States of Ireland, The Great Melody and Memoir: My Life and Themes.

Helen Vendler is the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor Emerita in the Department of English at Harvard. Her latest book is The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar, a collection of essays. (December 2019)