Art and Apartheid
April 09, 1984

J.M. Coetzee on Athol Fugard.

The Fascination of Henry Adams
August 01, 1983

Adams after his death in 1918 was to emerge as one of his century’s recovered modernists—like Whitman, Melville, Dickinson.

The Fascination of Henry Adams
August 01, 1983

The voluminous Adams papers now being gradually published by the Massachusetts Historical Society are a national archive in themselves. These magnific

The Spell of Fagin
June 20, 1983

Oliver Twist can attract and hold almost every kind of imagination, since its main figures—the defenseless waif, the devilish fence, the unctuous bead

A Keynes for All Seasons
June 20, 1983

Had Keynes chosen to play the establishment game, he almost surely would have succeeded Alfred Marshall as the dominant academic authority of his gene

Sex Provided
February 23, 1982

Has nakedness ever been for people what it now is for us? This is an important and philosophical question. A woman undressing in a film made in 1919 r

Edmund Wilson in the 1930s
May 03, 1980

Wilson’s work as a reporter brought him much closer to the nation’s realities and he described these with his masterly concreteness.

December 09, 1978

Never have so many written with such technical skill: this remark, as often an expression of frustration and dismay as of admiration, has become a commonplace of poetry criticism in the 1970s. Never, of course, have so many written. And published. And competed for a lamentably small audience: there are perhaps more writers than readers of poetry at the present time. In so diminished a sphere the consequences have been, and continue to be, predictable.

Full Disclosure
July 09, 1977

In its long and distinguished history, The New Republic is again about to break new groun: the first four fold table in a book review.

The Metropolitan Opera
August 23, 1975

New York’s Metropolitan Opera has the same function as its Metropolitan Museum of Art: to keep valuable works of the art it is concerned with availabl