Our Dante

The Inferno of Dante A New Verse Translation by Robert Pinsky, bilingual edition, illustrated by Michael Mazur, with notes by Nicole Pinsky, foreword by John Freccero

Russian Lessons

‘The Russian Question’ at the End of the Twentieth Century by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, translated and annotated by Yermolai Solzhenitsyn

The Triumphs of Tiepolo

Tiepolo and the Pictorial Intelligence by Svetlana Alpers and Michael Baxandall

The Glory of Venice: Art in the Eighteenth Century National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Palazzo Rezzonico, Venice edited by Jane Martineau, edited by Andrew Robison. Catalog of the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London;

Whitman’s Revolution

Walt Whitman’s America: A Cultural Biography by David S. Reynolds

Complete Poetry and Collected Prose by Walt Whitman

Selected Letters of Walt Whitman edited by Edwin Haviland Miller

Constructing the German Walt Whitman by Walter Gründzweig

The Neglected Walt Whitman: Vital Texts edited by Sam Abrams

The Continuing Presence of Walt Whitman edited by Robert K. Martin

The Wonder of Mozart

Mozart: A Life by Maynard Solomon

Mozart and Posterity by Gernot Gruber, translated by K.S. Furness

Mozart: Portrait of a Genius by Norbert Elias, translated by Edmund Jephcott

On Mozart edited by James M. Morris

Haydn, Mozart and the Viennese School, 1740–1780 by Daniel Heartz

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart by Georg Knepler, translated by J. Bradford Robinson

The Best Years of Their Lives

Selling War: The British Propaganda Campaign Against American ‘Neutrality’ in World War II by Nicholas John Cull

London at War by Philip Ziegler

Rich Relations: The American Occupation of Britain 1942–1945 by David Reynolds

For You, Lili Marlene: A Memoir of World War II by Robert Peters

The Time of Her Life

That Mighty Sculptor, Time by Marguerite Yourcenar, translated by Walter Kaiser

How Many Years by Marguerite Yourcenar, translated by Maria Louise Ascher

A Blue Tale and Other Stories by Marguerite Yourcenar, translated by Alberto Manguel

Marguerite Yourcenar: Inventing a Life by Josyane Savigneau, translated by Joan E. Howard

Horror of Horrors

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King

Dolores Claiborne a film directed by Taylor Hackford

Rose Madder by Stephen King

The Singapore Way

To Catch a Tartar: A Dissident in Lee Kuan Yew’s Prison by Francis T. Seow

Dare to Change: An Alternative Vision for Singapore by Dr. Chee Soon Juan


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.

Ian Buruma is the author of numerous books, including Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Year Zero: A History of 1945, and, most recently, A Tokyo Romance.

George M. Fredrickson is Edgar E. Robinson Professor of US History Emeritus at Stanford. His recent books include Racism: A Short History and Not Just Black and White, a collection co-edited with Nancy Foner.

P. N. Furbank is the author of nine books, including biographies of Samuel Butler, Italo Svevo, and E.M. Forster.

Peter Holland holds the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He wrote the entry on Shakespeare in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. (December 2004)

Hugh Honour is the author, with John Fleming, of The Visual Arts: A History, which has recently been published in its sixth expanded edition. (November 2002)

Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.

Bernard Knox (1914–2010) was an English classicist. He was the first director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. Among his many books are The Heroic Temper, The Oldest Dead White European Males, and Backing into the Future: The Classical Tradition and Its Renewal. He is the editor of The Norton Book of Classical Literature and wrote the introductions and notes for Robert Fagles’s translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Claire Messud’s latest novel is The Burning Girl. (March 2019)

Geoffrey O’Brien’s books include The Phantom Empire and Sonata for Jukebox. His Where Did Poetry Come From? will be ­published in the spring.
(February 2020)

Tatyana Tolstaya was born in Leningrad in 1951 to an aristocratic family that includes the writers Leo and Alexei Tolstoy. After completing a degree in classics at Leningrad State University, Tolstaya worked for several years at a Moscow publishing house. In the mid-1980s, she began publishing short stories in literary magazines and her first story collection established her as one of the foremost writers of the Gorbachev era. She spent much of the late Eighties and Nineties living in the United States and teaching at several universities. Known for her acerbic essays on contemporary Russian life, Tolstaya has also been the co-host of the Russian cultural interview television program School for Scandal. Both her novel, The Slynx and her collection of stories, White Walls, are published by NYRB Classics.

Michael Walzer is Professor Emeritus in the School of ­Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and co-­editor emeritus of Dissent. His new book, A Foreign Policy for the Left, will be published in the fall. (May 2017)

Michael Wood is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. His most recent book is On Empson.

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown. His new book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, will be published in the fall.
 (May 2017)