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Glamorous Pictures
October 11, 2007

James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years By Wayne Franklin (Yale University Press, 705 pp., $40) Click here to purchase the book. Like Poe, Stowe, and Longfellow, James Fenimore Cooper--"Fenimore" to his friends--is a giant of world literature with a sharply diminished stature at home.

Blind Liberation
April 23, 2007

The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace By Ali A. Allawi (Yale University Press, 518 pp., $28)   Say what you will about the American experience in Vietnam, that war was well written. A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan had a character who could have stepped out of the pages of Graham Greene. John Paul Vann was an even more arresting figure than Alden Pyle in The Quiet American. "The odds, he said, did not apply to him," Sheehan wrote of the unforgettable man who embodied the war'shubris and the war's undoing.

The Farmer as Hero
March 20, 2006

THE GEORGICS OF VIRGIL  Translated by David Ferry(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 202 pp., $30) VIRGIL’S GEORGICS Translated by Janet Lembke(Yale University Press, 114 pp., $25)   IN VIRGIL’S AENEID, THE EPIC story of the founding of Rome, the Trojan foreigner Aeneas carries into battle a shield elaborately wrought by the divine craftsman Vulcan, a stand-in for the poet. On it the god has prophetically sculpted scenes of future Roman history.

Divine Rights
February 06, 2006

 THE MIND OF THE MASTER CLASS: HISTORY AND FAITH IN THE SOUTHERN SLAVEHOLDERS’ WORLDVIEW By Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Eugene D. Genovese (Cambridge University Press, 828 pp., $70) DWELLING PLACE: A PLANTATION EPIC By Erskine Clarke (Yale University Press, 601 pp., $35) I. FOR ALL THE INK THAT HAS been spilled, for all the quarrels and the debates that have erupted over the past century and a half, popular and scholarly understandings of the Civil War almost universally share one view in common: that the war was a great tragedy in American history and American life.

The Founder
February 14, 2005

Nehru: A Political Life By Judith M.

Bookings
December 15, 2003

The most beautiful libraries exude a bookish rapture, and no libraries have more of this luminous poetry than the glorious confections, all polished wood and shining stone and white-and- gold stucco, that royal families and religious orders built in the eighteenth century, mostly in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

News Break
September 09, 2002

The summer of 2002 didn't feel all that different from the summer of 2001. Last summer we worried about shark attacks; this summer we wrung our hands over kidnappings. In 2001 the media waited outside Gary Condit's Adams Morgan apartment; in 2002 it camped out in a Los Angeles hospital waiting room to see if conjoined twins from Guatemala would be successfully separated. The difference is that this year these weren't the things we were supposed to be focusing on. In the first blurry weeks following September 11, Americans seemed hungry to learn about events beyond our shores.

The Liar's Tale
March 25, 2002

Zeno’s Conscience By Italo Svevo translated by William Weaver (Everyman’s Library, 437 pp., $20) Emilio’s Carnival (Senilita) By Italo Svevo translated by Beth Archer Brombert with an introduction by Victor Brombert (Yale University Press, 233 pp., $14.95) A Life By Italo Svevo translated by Archibald Colquhoun (Pushkin Press, 411 pp., £10) Memoir of Italo Svevo By Livia Veneziani Svevo translated by Isabel Quigly (The Marlboro Press/ Northwestern University Press, 178 pp., $15.95) Italo Svevo’s third and final novel, Zeno’s Conscience, is most famously a novel about quitting smoking.

The Liar's Tale
March 25, 2002

Zeno’s Conscience By Italo Svevo translated by William Weaver (Everyman’s Library, 437 pp., $20)   Emilio’s Carnival (Senilita) By Italo Svevo translated by Beth Archer Brombert with an introduction by Victor Brombert (Yale University Press, 233 pp., $14.95)   A Life By Italo Svevo translated by Archibald Colquhoun (Pushkin Press, 411 pp., £10)   Memoir of Italo Svevo By Livia Veneziani Svevo translated by Isabel Quigly (The Marlboro Press/ Northwestern University Press, 178 pp., $15.95)   Italo Svevo’s third and final novel, Zeno’s Conscience, is most famously a novel about quitting smoking.

The Historian as Hero
October 08, 2001

The Light of the Eyes By Azariah de’Rossi Translated and annotated by Joanna Weinberg (Yale University Press, 802 pp., $125)  For at least a few years toward the end of his life, Azariah de' Rossi believed that February 26, 747 B.C.E.

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