Wölfli’s Empire

The Art of Adolf Wölfli: St. Adolf-Giant-Creation Catalog of the exhibition by Elka Spoerri and Daniel Baumann, with an essay by Edward M. Gomez and a foreword by Gerard C. Werkin

Madness and Art: The Life and Works of Adolf Wölfli by Walter Morgenthaler, M.D., translated from the German and with an introduction and notes by Aaron H. Esman, M.D., with Elka Spoerri

Beyond Reason: Art and Psychosis, Works from the Prinzhorn Collection by Bettina Brand-Claussen, Inge Jádi, and Caroline Douglas

The Discovery of the Art of the Insane by John M. MacGregor

Evangelists for Kids

Raising America: Experts, Parents, and a Century of Advice About Children by Ann Hulbert

Anxious Parents: A History of Modern Childrearing in America by Peter N. Stearns

Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser

A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine, M.D.

The Myth of Laziness by Mel Levine, M.D.

Window on Russia

Dostoevsky: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871–1881 by Joseph Frank

Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia by W. Bruce Lincoln

Russia in the Age of Peter the Great by Lindsey Hughes

Peter the Great by Lindsey Hughes

St. Petersburg: A Cultural History by Solomon Volkov,translated from the Russian by Antonina W. Bouis

Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia by Orlando Figes

Prince of Princes: The Life of Potemkin by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Perfect Secretary

Lloyd George: War Leader, 1916–1918 by John Grigg

The Years That Are Past by Frances Lloyd George

Frances, Countess Lloyd George: More than a Mistress by Ruth Longford

The Decline and Fall of Lloyd George by Max Aitkens Beaverbrook

Lloyd George: A Diary by Frances Stevenson, edited by A.J.P. Taylor

Stranger on the Square by Arthur and Cynthia Koestler

The Heresies of Bibliography

Making Meaning: “Printers of the Mind” and Other Essays by D.F. McKenzie, edited by Peter D. McDonald and Michael F. Suarez

Books and Bibliography: Essays in Commemoration of Don McKenzie edited by John Thomson


Christian Caryl is an editor at the Opinions section of The Washington Post and the author of Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the Twenty-First Century. (March 2020)

Robert Darnton’s latest book is A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution. He is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard.
 (December 2019)

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.

John Gregory Dunne (1932–2003) was a novelist, screenwriter and critic. His final novel is entitled Nothing Lost.

Amos Elon (1926–2009) was an Israeli journalist. His final book was The Pity of It All: A Portrait of Jews In Germany 1743 – 1933.

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, he was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2015 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. He is the author of School of Genius: A History of the Royal Academy of Arts and, most recently, Yellow Tulips: Poems, 1968–2011. (May 2020)

Sue Halpern is a regular contributor to The New York Review and a Scholar-in-Residence at Middlebury. Her latest book is a novel, ­Summer Hours at the Robbers Library.
 (December 2019)

Jim Holt’s latest book is When Einstein Walked with Gödel. (July 2018)

Tim Judah is currently a Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna. He has reported for The New York Review from, among other places, ­Afghanistan, Serbia, Uganda, and Armenia.
 (October 2018)

Joseph Lelyveld’s most recent book is His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt. (November 2017)

Michael Massing, a former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, is the author of Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind. (February 2018)

Larry McMurtry lives in Archer City, Texas. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove (winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), Folly and Gloryand Rhino Ranch. His nonfiction works include a biography of Crazy Horse, Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, Paradise, Sacagawea’s Nickname: Essays on the American West and, most recently, Custer.

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)

Sanford Schwartz is the author of Christen Købke and William Nicholson, and some of his reviews have been collected in The Art Presence and Artists & Writers. (May 2020)

Russell Smith is the author of the novels How Insensitive and Noise; Young Men, a story collection; and the illustrated fable The Princess and the Whiskheads. He writes a weekly column for the Toronto Globe and Mail, in which a different version of the article in this issue appeared. (May 2003)