Inventing Shakespeare

Reinventing Shakespeare: A Cultural History from the Restoration to the Present by Gary Taylor

Young Hamlet: Essays on Shakespeare’s Tragedies by Barbara Everett

Myriad-Minded Shakespeare: Essays, Chiefly on the Tragedies and Problem Comedies by E.A.J. Honigmann

Shakespearean Constitutions: Politics, Theatre, Criticism, 1730–1830 by Jonathan Bate

The Empire Strikes Back

Tiananmen: The Rape of Peking by Michael Fathers and Andrew Higgins

Tiananmen Square by Scott Simmie and Bob Nixon

Massacre in Beijing: The Events of 3–4 June, 1989 and Their Aftermath the Ad Hoc Study Group on Human Rights in China a report prepared by the International League for Human Rights and

Tiananmen Diary: Thirteen Days in June by Harrison E. Salisbury

June Four: A Chronicle of the Chinese Democratic Uprising by the photographers and reporters of the Ming Pao News, translated by Zi Jin and Qin Zhou

Beijing Spring photographs by David Turnley and Peter Turnley, text by Melinda Liu

Maugham’s Half & Half

Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham by Robert Calder

A Writer’s Notebook by W. Somerset Maugham

The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

The Narrow Corner by W. Somerset Maugham

Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham


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.

Gabriele Annan is a book and film critic living in London. (March 2006)

Anne Barton is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. She is the author of Essays, Mainly Shakespearean.

István Deák is Seth Low Professor Emeritus at Columbia. He is the author, with Jan Gross and Tony Judt, of The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and Its Aftermath.

Martin Filler’s article “The Dark Lady of High Tech,” which appeared in The New York Times Magazine (January 27, 1980), was one of the first critical reappraisals of Eileen Gray’s career to appear in the popular press after her death. (September 2020)

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.

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China. He was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London and China Correspondent for The Observer.
 (December 2016)

Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. His most recent book is The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America. (June 2011)

Aryeh Neier is President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. His most recent book is The International Human Rights Movement: A History. (February 2018)

Julia Preston is a contributing writer at the Marshall Project. From 2006 until 2016 she was the National Immigration Correspondent for The New York Times. In the spring of 2020 she was a visiting research scholar at Princeton. (October 2020)

John Updike (1932–2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. In 1954 he began to publish in The New Yorker, where he continued to contribute short stories, poems, and criticism until his death. His major work was the set of four novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, two of which, Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last books were the novel The Widows of Eastwick and Due Considerations, a collection of his essays and criticism.

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.