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Vincent van Gogh: The Letters: The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, and Nienke Bakker
The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, January 23–April 18, 2010
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty by Peter Singer
Peter Singer Under Fire: The Moral Iconoclast Faces His Critics edited by Jeffrey A. Schaler
The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine
Cockroach by Rawi Hage
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 by Gordon S. Wood
Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up by K.C. Cole, with a foreword by Murray Gell-Mann
The Secret Wife of Louis XIV: Françoise d’Aubigné, Madame de Maintenon by Veronica Buckley
Getting Off Track: How Government Actions and Interventions Caused, Prolonged, and Worsened the Financial Crisis by John B. Taylor
The Fundamental Principles of Financial Regulation by Markus Brunnermeier, Andrew Crockett, Charles Goodhart, Avinash D. Persaud, and Hyun Shin
Benedetta Craveri is a professor of French literature at the University of Tuscia, Viterbo, and the Istituto Universitario Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples. She regularly contributes to The New York Review of Books and to the cultural pages of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Her books include Madame du Deffand and Her World, La Vie privée du Maréchal de Richelieu, and Amanti e regine: Il potere delle donne. She is married to a French diplomat.
Susan Dunn, the Massachusetts Professor of Humanities at Williams, is the author of Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia and Jefferson’s Second Revolution. Her new book, A Blueprint for War: FDR and the Hundred Days That Mobilized America, will be published in April. (April 2018)
Günter Eich (1907–1972) was a member of Gruppe 47 and one of the leading postwar German poets. He won the Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden in 1953, and Germany’s major literary prize, the Büchner Preis, in 1959. Michael Hofmann edited the anthology Twentieth-Century German Poetry. His translations from Günter Eich, Angina Days: Selected Poems, will be published in April. (March 2010)
Timothy Ferris is Emeritus Professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. His latest book, The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature, was published in February. (March 2010)
Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek Bureau Chief and Correspondent-at-Large in Africa and the Middle East. His latest book is The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts. Travel for his story in this issue was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. (April 2018)
Michael Hofmann is a Professor in the English Department of the University of Florida. His latest translation is of the story collection Investigations of a Dog: And Other Creatures by Franz Kafka. (June 2017)
Tony Judt (1948–2010) was the founder and director of the Remarque Institute at NYU and the author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Ill Fares the Land, and The Burden of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, and the French Twentieth Century, among other books.
Alison Lurie is the Frederic J. Whiton Professor of American Literature Emerita at Cornell. She is the author of ten novels, two collections of essays on children’s literature, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Fairy Tales. Her most recent book is Reading for Fun. (March 2017)
Jonathan Raban’s books include Surveillance, My Holy War, Arabia, Old Glory, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Bad Land, Passage to Juneau, and Waxwings. His most recent book is Driving Home: An American Journey, published in 2011. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The Independent. He lives in Seattle.