Guilt-Edged Insecurity

Boswell: The Great Biographer, 1789–1795 edited by Marlies K. Danziger, edited by Frank Brady

Boswell’s London Journal, 1762–1763 by James Boswell

Boswell in Holland, 1763–1764 by James Boswell

Boswell on the Grand Tour: Germany and Switzerland, 1764 by James Boswell

Boswell on the Grand Tour: Italy, Corsica, and France, 1765–1766 by James Boswell

Boswell in Search of a Wife, 1766–1769 by James Boswell

Boswell for the Defence, 1769–1774 by James Boswell

Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D., 1773 by James Boswell

Boswell: The Ominous Years, 1774–1776 by James Boswell

Boswell in Extremes, 1776–1778 by James Boswell

Boswell, Laird of Auchinleck, 1778–1782 by James Boswell

Boswell: The Applause of the Jury, 1782–1785 by James Boswell

Boswell: The English Experiment, 1785–1789 by James Boswell

Boswell: The Great Biographer, 1789–1795 by James Boswell

In A Cruel Country

Legacies: A Chinese Mosaic by Bette Bao Lord

A Higher Kind of Loyalty: A Memoir by China’s Foremost Journalist by Liu Binyan

‘Tell the World’: What Happened in China and Why by Liu Binyan, with Ruan Ming and Xu Gang, translated by Helen L. Epstein

Tripping Over the Future

The Farther Shore: A Natural History of Perception, 1798–1984 by Don Gifford

Disappearing Through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century by O.B. Hardison Jr.

The Power of Flannery O’Connor

Collected Works by Flannery O'Connor, edited by Sally Fitzgerald

The Art and Vision of Flannery O’Connor by Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr.

The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists by Ralph C. Wood

Flannery O’Connor: The Imagination of Extremity by Frederick Asals


Janet Adam Smith (1905–1999) was a Scottish writer and critic. Educated at Oxford, she worked as an editor at a number of literary publications, including The Listener, The Criterion and New Statesman. She also edited the Faber Book of Modern Verse and its companion volume, the Faber Book of Children’s Verse. An accomplished mountaineer, Smith wrote about her adventures in Mountain Holidays; her other books include Life Among the Scots and John Buchnan and His World.

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.

Neal Ascherson is the author of Black Sea, Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland and the novel Death of the Fronsac. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
 (December 2019)

Frederick C. Crews’s new book, Freud: The Making of an Illusion, will be published in the fall.
 (February 2017)

Natalie Zemon Davis is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton and Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author most recently of Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds. (May 2008)

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. A new edition of his book The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague will be published this fall.
 (October 2019)

Philip Gossett is the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. His reconstruction of Gustavo III, the original version of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, had its première at the Göteborg Opera in Sweden this past September. (March 2003)

Jasper Griffin is Emeritus Professor of Classical Literature and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. His books include Homer on Life and Death.

Václav Havel (1936–2011) was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic. Havel was one of the six signers of the statement “Tibet: The Peace of the Graveyard.”

Derek Jarrett is Editor of the Yale edition of Horace Walpole’s Memoirs. His edition of The Memoirs of the Reign of George III will be published later this year. (March 1999)

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.

Hilary Mantel is an English novelist, short story writer, and critic. Her novel, Wolf Hall, won the Man Booker Prize in 2009.

Avishai Margalit is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His most recent book is On Betrayal.
 (May 2019)

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)

Brian Urquhart is a former Undersecretary-General of the United Nations. His books include Hammarskjöld, A Life in Peace and War, and Ralph Bunche: An American Life.

Garry Wills, a journalist and historian, is the author of numerous books, including Nixon Agonistes (1970), Inventing America (1978), Explaining America: The Federalist (1981), and Lincoln at Gettysburg (1993), which won a Pulitzer Prize that year. His most recent book is What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters (2017). (November 2019)