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Aiken, Joan THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE This year can boast one genuine small masterpiece. It is called The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.  Time, December 13, 1963.
Amis, Kingsley ENDING UP Since his appearance in 1954, critics and readers have remarked the spreading "swinishness" of Kingsley Amis characters—as well as the distaste the author seems to feel for his own creations. It has always been noted in extenuation that literary satire thrives on vile bodies and that swinishness justifies a measure of pique. But now Amis stands revealed as a misanthrope sans merci. Time, September 30, 1974.
Atwood, Margaret LIFE BEFORE MAN Atwood on the extinction of Man.  She writes with savage humor, admits emotion only under extreme pressure, sheathes her sadness in polished irony.  Esquire, February 1980.
Auden, W.H. The Sage of Anxiety, an obituary.  The easy generalization has been endured that later Auden is a poor, doddering shadow of early Auden. History may reverse the judgment.  Time, October 8, 1973.
Auden, W.H. EPISTLE TO A GODSON. The enormities of the age of anxiety have since produced an increasing conviction that measurable knowledge does not adequately account for, or much ease, the pain and confusion of modern life. The poet, like many another brilliant soul, has concluded that we are in God's hand or nowhere.  Time, November 26, 1973.
Auden, W.H. THANK YOU, FOG. These are the handful of poems that Auden wrote between the time he went back to England after 31 years in the New World and the time of his death in 1973. It is the familiar, autumnal Auden speaking: student of fleshly decay, writer of thank-you notes, urbane scold, expert at anamnesis, a celebrator of the numinous past that raises nostalgia almost to the level of ritual. Time, February 3, 1975.
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Bach, Richard JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL "Find out what you love to do, and do your darndest to make it happen."  A seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom, an image of the Great Gull, and your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip, is nothing more than your thought itself." Time, November 13, 1972
Baldwin, James ANOTHER COUNTRY Much was expected of Baldwin's new novel. Now out, it proves a failure—doubly disappointing not only because it does not live up to advance hopes, but also because it so clearly has tried to be an important book.  Time, June 29, 1962.
Batchelor, John Calvin FATHER'S DAY The genre, of course, is subliterary -- spellbinding political thriller hoping to hatch into major motion picture. New York Times Sunday Book Review, October 30, 1994.
Bate, Walter Jackson JOHN KEATS Bate sometimes detours through academic bogs, especially when he is taking the reader by the hand through every well-known poem Keats ever wrote. Time, October 25, 1963.
Beckett, Samuel HOW IT IS Despite Beckett's ingenuity, his touches of great eloquence, his flashes of brilliant wit, in this book he simply has nothing new to say.  He had lots more to say and famously said it.  But not in How It Is. Time, February 28, 1964
Benedictus, David THE FOURTH OF JUNE The latest old Etonian to call public attention to the soup stains on the old school tie is 24-year-old David Benedictus.  Time, November 16, 1962.
Böll, Heinrich BILLIARDS AT HALF PAST NINE What makes the book memorable is one whopping interior monologue. For more than 50 pages, interspersed Faulkner-style through the novel, Faehmel's mother records in a tone of well-bred perplexity a woman's 50-year struggle with an enemy she does not quite comprehend.  Time, January 4, 1963.
Boyle, Robert THE HUDSON RIVER The latest Jeremiah to join the prophets of ecological disaster is Robert Boyle, who is concerned with the Hudson River and man's efforts to turn this noble flood into a squalid sewer. Time, April 27, 1970.
Buchan, John GREENMANTLE; JOHN MACNAB; THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS; CASTLE GAY Lionhearted Dick Hannay and dozens of other Buchan characters, whose World War I and between-wars exploits fill a score of volumes, go marching on, most recently in four books just released in the U.S. in paperback editions.  Greenmantle, which involves an incipient jihad in the Near East, is by far the pick of the basket.  Time, December 28, 1962.
Burgess, Anthony THE CLOCKWORK TESTAMENT OR ENDERBY'S END Burgess, a man of wit and genius, has been fond enough of this queasy minor poet to devote one, two and now three volumes to him. Why? Because with all his faults, Enderby is a strong booster of original sin, a commodity, Burgess feels, the modern world greatly underrates. Time, March 17, 1975.
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Carlisle, Henry THE JONAH MAN For over a century, "Moby Dick" has pretty well pre-empted whaling as a subject for serious fiction. Now comes ''The Jonah Man'' by Henry Carlisle, a San Francisco novelist with Nantucket roots, recording and re-creating as fiction the life and fate of the Essex' crew and especially its ill-starred captain, George Pollard. New York Times Sunday Book Review, July 22, 1984
Chambers, Whittaker ODYSSEY OF A FRIEND: WHITTAKER CHAMBERS' LETTERS TO WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY, JR. 1954-1961 In the Letters, Chambers sees the materialistic West on the point of grave decline, and includes the U.S.S.R. in the West. He scorns liberals who "would like to suppose that the world can be made reasonable." Time, March 9, 1970.
Childers, Erskine The extraordinary life of Erskine Childers led him far from the sea he wrote about, and loved. to execution as a traitor by the brand new Irish government in 1922, for joining the Irish who had perversely, fruitlessly, gone to war against their own countrymen. Like the Hungarians facing the Russians in 1956, the Irish rose in 1916 to throw off Brititsh rule. Unlike the Hungarians, they won.  It was also the first use in modern history of political terrorism to blackmail a great power. Smithsonian, November 1994.
Christiansen, Rupert PARIS BABYLON: The Story of the Paris Commune These events all involve oft-told historic tales. Perhaps that is why author Rupert Christiansen, except in the early going, gives short shrift to overview narrative and historical analysis. The book's great, though not unmixed, blessing lies in its blizzard of details: lists, cooking recipes, military orders, newspaper clippings, death statistics, anecdotes, public notices and private thoughts from journals, papers, letters and diaries.  Washington Post Book World, July 9, 1995.
Cole, Hubert LAVAL Now, nearly 20 years after Laval's execution, a British editor turned historian has made a levelheaded but phlegmatic try at the first full-length biography of Laval written in English. Time, July 5, 1963.
Collier, John MILTON'S PARADISE LOST: A Screen Play for the Cinema of the Mind Collier's film script, published in book form, is a symbiotic work of literary art, fast-paced, clever, well crafted, full of knowledge and delight. Everybody should read it, preferably with Milton as a trot.  Time, June 25, 1973.
Connell, Jr., Evan S. NOTES FROM A BOTTLE FOUND ON THE BEACH AT CARMEL a hard-to-follow but strangely effective message from Connell to what he clearly believes is a doomed world. Time, June 14, 1963.
Craven, Margaret I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME Miss Craven journeyed north by small boat from Vancouver into the Queen Charlotte Straits of British Columbia in search of adventure and material. Her trip ended at the top of Kingcome Inlet, in a village of the Kwakiutl Indians. Kingcome is a place of icy water, deep, fir-trimmed inlets, returning salmon, foraging killer whales, overwhelming beauty and, for the once proud Kwakiutls, overwhelming sadness. Time, January 28. 1974.
Cremin, Lawrence A. AMERICAN EDUCATION: THE METROPOLITAN EXPERIENCE In this third and closing volume of History of American Education Lawrence Cremin's aim was to trace the evolving theory and philosophy of education, as well as its ever-expanding role in America from 1876 to 1980, with scholarly restraint and wide-ranging wisdom. Professor Cremin is a distinguished and innovative educator-historian.  Unfortunately, this book seems lamentable in nearly every way.  Washington Post Book World, March 27, 1988.
cummings, e.e. DREAMS IN THE MIRROR
by Richard S. Kennedy This is the first full-scale scholarly biography of e.e.cummings. Partly because of cummings's character, reading it is a bit like wrestling in a boxcar full of feathers. The cargo is ticklish, and there is precious little weight for the volume.  Time, March 17, 1980.
cummings, e.e.: obituary More than any other poet of his time, he dressed up the few ideas he had in all sorts of outrageous and engaging costumes, cheerfully presenting them again and again.  Time, September 14, 1962.
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de Beauvoir, Simone THE PRIME OF LIFE "We were like elves," she says, describing her and Sartre's lack of responsibility. In the end, a scrupulous, elfish self-examination is what she mainly has to offer.  Time, June 1, 1962.
De Vries, Peter THE CAT'S PAJAMAS & WITCH'S MILK De Vries's newest book combines a long short novel with an extended short story. This is an experiment at contrapuntal fiction, for the two tales are linked in a number of ways Time, November 15, 1968.
De Vries, Peter INTO YOUR TENT I'LL CREEP Plot is not Peter De Vries's thing. Neither is message. But he handles marriage with a fine affection, suggesting, among other things, that it is women who customarily treat men with chivalric restraint, rather than the other way around. Time, October 30, 1994.
Derr, Mark DOG'S BEST FRIEND Annals of the Dog-Human Relationship For 15,000 years man has fed and bred dogs out of the original wolf stock to do whatever man wants. The range and variety of this collaboration are startling. It is, moreover -- and this is a major thrust of Derr's broad-gauge book -- still evolving in all sorts of remarkable ways. New York Times Sunday Book Review, August 10, 1997.
Dinesen, Isak EHRENGARD Told half in the recollections of a worldly old lady, half in the florid letters of an artist to a countess of the court, Isak Dinesen's baroque tale chronicles an attempted seduction - but not of the usual sort. Time, June 14, 1963.
Doig, Ivan BUCKING THE SUN The good news about "Bucking the Sun" is that here Mr. Doig artfully seasons the history lesson by serving it up with an intricate case of murder. New York Times Sunday Book Review, June 16, 1996.
Duffy, Maureen ALL HEAVEN IN A RAGE
by Maureen Duffy Duffy explores Blake's romantic notion that men and animals are similar victims of a society that, practically from birth, puts them both in a series of cages. Time, April 30, 1973.
Dundy, Elaine THE OLD MAN AND ME The wistful cause of New World vulnerability, Author Dundy suggests, is not so much the thickness of the British hide as the thinness of the American skin. Time, March 20, 1964.
Dunn, Susan SISTER REVOLUTIONS: FRENCH LIGHTNING, AMERICAN LIGHT That spirit of the French Revolution, Dunn sadly observes, not only ruined France at the time but has laid its dread mark on every revolution since - the precedent for purging all opponents and stifling dissent.  Smithsonian, 2000.
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Edel, Leon THE CONQUEST OF LONDON and THE MIDDLE YEARS, Vols. II & III of HENRY JAMES The most massive piece of biographical scholarship ever lavished on an American author, written as gracefully as a mannered memoir. Time, November 30, 1962.
Egan, Timothy LASSO THE WIND Away to the New West "IN MY BOOK a pioneer is a man who turned all the grass upside down, strung bob-wire over the dust that was left, poisoned the water, cut down the trees, killed the Indian who owned the land and called it progress.'' New York Times Sunday Book Review, September 6, 1998.
Ehrlichman, John THE COMPANY Using a mask of fiction, the author continues with great tenacity and skill a campaign begun by the White House to vilify past Presidents and, indeed, American political institutions, so that Richard Nixon's behavior would seem less reprehensible by contrast.   Time, May 31, 1976.
Eliot, George GEORGE ELIOT, A BIOGRAPHY
by Gordon S. Haight Time, October 11, 1968
Espey, John STRONG DRINK, STRONG LANGUAGE REBELLION against faith and father has cauliflower ears as a literary subject.  It is often pummeled with youthful outrage and the kind of tedious, ignorant scorn that regards religion as simple hypocrisy. That is not Espey's style. Washington Post Book World, November 25, 1990.
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Farwell, Byron BURTON As Author Farwell blandly puts it, "the only vice he did not practice was gambling." Time, February 28, 1964.
Faulkner, William THE REIVERS Like an old man gossiping on the back stoop, he delights in sentimental recollection, revels in his role as a teller of tall tales, at which only Mark Twain is his equal.  Time, June 8, 1962.
Feiffer, Jules HARRY, THE RAT WITH WOMEN What they all seek, of course, is love, love, love. Now, in a tragi-cosmic fable which is his first try at fiction, Feiffer tells them what life would be like if they really found it. Sheer hell. Time, June 28. 1963.
Fisk, Erma J. A CAPE COD JOURNAL In Cape Cod Journal Erma J. Fisk is still banging around with reckless disregard for lost hearing, her gimpy leg, and now a bad heart that threatens to subtract her from the world at the drop of a Balchatri bird trap. New York Times Sunday Book Review, 1990.
Fleming, Ian ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE Author Fleming has never been without resources and on page 299 he appears deus ex machina (the machine, reassuringly, is a lethal red Maserati) and saves James Bond from his better self. Time, August 30, 1963.
Fox, Michael THE SOUL OF THE WOLF What comes through is Fox's overwhelming love of wolves, a sense of communion with them that goes beyond words — something that anyone who has loved a large dog will understand.  Time, October 6, 1980.
Friedrich, Otto THE GRAVE OF ALICE B. TOKLAS AND OTHER REPORTS FROM THE PAST How do you hang onto the past?  Personal memories, and the imaginative connections which let us make history our own, for the most part reside in the unreliable terrain of the human heart whence they can be satisfyingly invoked for the rest of us only by the most skillful writers.  One such is Otto Friedrich.  Washington Post Book World, December 3, 1989.
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Gadney, Reg CRY HUNGARY! Uprising 1956 Cry Hungary! is stunning and memorable, because it is also a book of black-and-white still photographs, more than have ever been gathered together before. Sometimes the bloodiness of the fighting is gratuitously exploited, as in the case of using three views (from different angles) of the same dead Soviet soldier. But collectively they create an overwhelming record of a city and its people during a terrifying struggle in which thousands were killed and wounded but hardly anybody really knew what was happening. Washington Post Book World, December 21, 1986.
Gallant, Mavis FROM THE FIFTEENTH DISTRICT Haunting, enigmatic, printed with images as sharp and durable as the edge of a new coin, relentlessly specific.  Time, November 26, 1979.
Gardner, John GRENDEL The literary monster made real because he has been made so human.  Time, September 20, 1971.

Gardner, John

NICKEL MOUNTAIN The surfaces of Middle American life or Anglo-Saxon saga are touched with a mixture of heroic magic and human feeling.  Time, December 31, 1973.
Gardner, John THE SUNLIGHT DIALOGUES An enormous trick circus trunk out of which the author keeps taking new literary treasures as if they were so many fake bananas.  Time, January 1, 1973.
Gati, Charles HUNGARY AND THE SOVIET BLOC Gari presents a startling account of an angry and crucial meeting in the fall of 1947 of all Europe's communist leaders at Szklarska Poreba, a resort in Polish Silesia when Stalin finally gave up all pretence of permitting multi-party government in the East European countries acquired in 1945, at last turning loose Rakosi, backed by the Red Army and a legion of security police, on hapless non-Communist Hungarian politicians and parties.  Washington Post Book World, December 21, 1986.
Genet, Jean OUR LADY OF THE FLOWERS In an age increasingly forced to distinguish between scatology, pornography and the legitimate study of evil, the story of Genet's progress to literary prominence exerts a monstrous fascination. For Genet is a matchless, unholy trinity of all three. Time, October 11, 1963.
Gilbert, Martin THE SECOND WORLD WAR: A COMPLETE HISTORY A doorstopper book, just brought out by Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill's multi-volume biographer.  Washington Post Book World, December 3, 1989.
Gilbert, Martin WINSTON S. CHURCHILL. Vol. VI: FINEST HOUR 1939-1941 Finest Hour sometimes rather resembles a grand opera -- long stretches of fairly dull recitativo blessedly punctuated by soaring sounds that stir the heart. The connectives are Gilbert's; the arias are all excerpts from the speeches or writing of his famous subject.  Washington Post Book World, November 27, 1983.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang ITALIAN JOURNEY translated by W. H. Auden and Elizabeth Mayer In attempts to make the formidable German more accessible, Auden and his collaborator, Elizabeth Mayer, have bypassed the nacreous brilliance of Goethe's complex imagery and the Gluhwein dark of such things as Faust, Part II. Instead they settled on Goethe's prose journal of his 20-month trip to Italy in 1786.  Time, November 23, 1962.
Goldberg, Vicki MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE First and foremost what emerges from this thoroughgoing but ambivalent biography are Bourke-White's extraordinary courage and concern for image - her own as well as those she trapped with her lens - not to mention her extreme manipulativeness. New York Times Sunday Book Review, July 20, 1986.
Golding, William THE SPIRE By all the standards of current fiction, Golding, with all his faults admitted, is a provocative and imposing figure. But whatever greatness is, he plainly has not yet demonstrated that he possesses it. Time, April 24, 1964.
Goldman, Eric F. THE TRAGEDY OF LYNDON JOHNSON Ultimately, Goldman sees Lyndon Johnson as a restless and brilliant leader crippled by a weak regional education (marginal high school, less than marginal college) that rendered him incapable of coping with the international complexities that any President of the U.S. today must confront. Time, March 14, 1969.
Gover, Robert ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR MISUNDERSTANDING In the latest borderline case respectable publishers were were unable to decide just where admissible ribaldry ended and pornography began.  Now brought out with a plug from Henry Miller on the jacket.  Time, November 9, 1962.
Grass, Günter CAT AND MOUSE Through the muted and melancholy chronicle of Mahlke's brief life, Grass seems to say that deformed or not, man can burn with the likeness of a shapely aspiration. Time, August 23, 1963.
Grass, Günter THE TIN DRUM With a man's intelligence in a baby's body, he is largely ignored by adults. What he sees and overhears as a result adds up to a dwarfs-eye view of the Third Reich.  Time, January 4, 1963.
Gray, Francine du Plessix LOVERS AND TYRANTS "I knew I would rather die brutally, prematurely, than lead the life my husband would have preferred for me." Time, November 1, 1967

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THE HONORARY CONSUL. Not since THE END OF AN AFFAIR ("Dear God, you know I want your pain, but I don't want it now"), however, has Greene so baldly confronted the problem of God and evil, or the purpose, if any, of the horrors that God seems to visit alike upon those condemned to believe and those condemned to thirst after faith.  Time, September 17, 1973.
Greene, Graham A SORT OF LIFE Few writers have been so successfully failure-haunted as Greene himself. No novelist, either, has grown so rich or so critically secure by dramatizing spiritual insecurity. Time, September 27, 1971. 
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Halberstam, David THE FIFTIES Happily for his readers, David Halberstam, the author of "The Best and the Brightest" and a string of best sellers, is a great reporter. His long, long thoughts are kept mercifully short. What he spends most of his time doing is presenting the 50s as a series of mini-biographies -- a sort of Dictionary of National Biography for the decade. New York Times Sunday Book Review, June 20,1993.
Harris, Mark THE GOY The book is a study of the astonishing contrivances that men use to hold at bay whatever impulses they feel are base within themselves. It is a lifelong struggle, easily sabotaged by self-delusion and inextricably mixed motives. LIFE Magazine, 1968.
Hemingway, Ernest ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Islands in the Stream is in many ways a stunningly bad book. At his best, Ernest Hemingway the writer knew that Papa Hemingway the public figure was his own worst literary creation. One suspects he would have eventually got round to slashing Islands in the Stream back by a third or a half its present length. Yet for Papa watchers and Hemingway readers the book is welcome enough. Like the recent sale of backlot stage props from old Hollywood films, its publication seems a commendable act of commerce and nostalgic piety. Time, October 5, 1970.
Hillaby, John JOURNEY HOME: A WALK ABOUT ENGLAND This is not a practical guide to walking or camping. It would be hard to follow Hillaby's route in detail, even with a good map of England to supplement the rather lumpishly stylized maps in the book. What you get is the contents of Hillaby's head, a lifetime of trivial (and not so trivial) pursuit, offered with  wit and what passes very well for wisdom.  Washington Post Book World, September 23, 1984.
Hillerman, Tony TALKING GOD As regular players in Mr. Hillerman's long running show-and-tell course in Navajo language and culture, Chee and Leaphorn help illuminate the range of small truces a college-trained Navajo must make between tradition and the modern world. New York Times Sunday Book Review, June 18, 1989.
Hillerman, Tony SELDOM DISAPPOINTED: A Memoir Some readers will mistakenly assume that this brief memoir, written at 75, will be mainly of interest to addicts of the Chee and Leaphorn mysteries. Far from it. Hillerman does get around to discussing his books, of course.  But first, he tells of his own world, beginning with his hardscrabble, cotton-chopping Catholic boyhood in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma. New York Times Sunday Book Review, October 28, 2001.
Hofstadter, Richard THE PROGRESSIVE HISTORIANS Part biography, part intellectual history, part scholarly polemic, the volume is a sharp but generous inquiry into the underlying conceptions of American history and the reasons for writing it. Time, October 25, 1968.
Hofstadter, Richard AMERICAN VIOLENCE, A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY with Michael Wallace The difficulty lies in being reasonably sure, before the event, that the evil will indeed be ended and not exacerbated or succeeded by some equal or greater evil. For this reason all politicians, revolutionary no less than establishment politicians, must work with a terrible calculus in human misfortune.  Time, November 23, 1970.
Holland, Barbara HAIL TO THE CHIEFS: How to Tell Your Polks From Your Tylers Along with the laughs, Hail to the Chiefs often encourages shrewd and touching empathy with moments from the past. Describing Grant at Appommatox, she notes his celebrated generosity in letting Lee's men keep their horses for spring plowing, in giving them rations, in shushing Union troops with the words: "The war is over, the rebels are our countrymen again." And then she adds: "It was one of those high points in a person's life. He should have stopped right there, but how was he to know?"  Washington Post Book World, June 24, 1990.
Horne, Alistair A SAVAGE WAR OF PEACE: ALGERIA 1954-1962 An English historian who specializes in French disaster—Verdun, the Paris Commune, the defeat of 1940—Horne has painstakingly, fairly, skillfully pieced together the whole anguishing chronicle of the Algerian war. Harpers Magazine, August 1978.
Hough, Henry Beetle TO THE HARBOR LIGHT In this account of his own autumnal days on Martha's Vineyard, Hough, with great skill and charm, approaches the pangs and pleasures of aging in ways that very much recall Walden's formula: keep track of housekeeping details and the transcendental homilies will take care of themselves. TIME, November 22, 1976
Hughes, Emmet John THE LIVING PRESIDENCY Briefly, gracefully, shrewdly, with anecdote and flashes of insight, Hughes invites humane and practical reflection upon the most mysterious and important public office in the world.   Time, September 3, 1973.
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Johnson, Uwe SPECULATIONS ABOUT JAKOB AND THE THIRD BOOK ABOUT ACHIM A Western reader, spurred by the effort to fill in the outlines of individual emotion only hinted at by the author, soon begins to speculate on small and large moral questions.  Time, January 4, 1963.
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Kee, Robert THE LAUREL AND THE IVY: THE STORY OF CHARLES STEWART PARNELL AND IRISH NATIONALISM Kee's essentially chonological approach very properly puts us in touch first with the Parnell who really matters - the difficult man and master politician who in a brief period, from 1874 to 1889, gave demoralized Ireland a powerful political party, a solid hope for Home Rule and an expanding sense of national destiny.  Washington Post Book World, 1994.
Kipling, Rudyard In the half-century since his death, interest has risen about the elusive genius who created Kim, Mowgli and all of the others.  Smithsonian, January 1986.
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Langguth, A.J. SAKI: A LIFE OF HECTOR HUGH MUNRO Of the man Munro, except for some biographical notes by his sister Ethel, almost nothing was known. A.J. Langguth, 48, a novelist and an ex-New York Times correspondent in Saigon, now offers the first full biography.  Time, September 7, 1981.
Le Carré, John TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY One of the best tales of the year so far. But by le Carré's highest standards it is, as Evelyn Waugh remarked in another connection, simply "creamy English charm playing tigers."  Time, June 24, 1974.

Le Carré, John

THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD One of the best spy stories ever written. Even if John le Carre's book isn't authentic, nobody except another certified spy can be sure; and it has the merit of sounding chillingly true. Time, January 17, 1964.
Leaser, James THE UNINVITED ENVOY by James Leaser Drawing for the first time on all the old and new information about Rudolf Hess's strange, ill-fated mission, Journalist-Historian James Leaser (The Red Fort, The Plague and the Fire) has produced an absorbing footnote to history.  Time, November 16, 1962.

Leonard, John

BLACK CONCEIT The book's quip-filled tirades, like Shaw's prefaces, provide a splendid intellectual fix on the drama.  Time, December 31, 1973
Lessing, Doris THE SUMMER BEFORE THE DARK Lessing's power lies in the kind of nonpartisan gravity that overrides any specific levity a cynical reader may generate. She encourages the kind of brooding about the questions of life which knows at the outset there are no answers.  Time, May 21, 1973.
Levron, Jacques POMPADOUR A revised portrait of Mme. de Pompadour, probably the richest and most celebrated courtesan of all time, as a woman harassed almost beyond human endurance by illness and intrigue. Time, December 13, 1963.
Lewis, W.H. THE SUNSET OF THE SPLENDID CENTURY This splendid sequel to The Splendid Century, British Historian W. H. Lewis's remarkable study of the Sun King at the high noon of his power, has just been brought out in paperback. Time, October 30, 1964.
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Maclean, Norman
Film adaptation by Robert Redford.
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT.  "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing." Smithsonian, September 1992.
Malcolm X THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X with the assistance of Alex Haley. THE SPEECHES OF MALCOLM X AT HARVARD edited by Archie Epps. MALCOLM X, THE MAN AND HIS TIMES edited by John Henrik Clarke. Time, February 23, 1970.
Mannix, Daniel P. BLACK CARGOES by Daniel P. Mannix with Malcolm Cowley Daniel Mannix has produced a carefully understated but chilling account of the centuries (1518 to 1865) during which 15 million Africans were snatched from their homes and delivered into slavery in the New World.  Time, November 2, 1962.
Mason, John T. (editor) THE PACIFIC WAR REMEMBERED: An Oral History Collection. There is candor in this book, and humor and an exhilarating sense, once common to us but now strange, that the Americans who fought that war could do just about anything, and without getting wordy or pretentious about it, or themselves.  Washington Post Book World, May 18, 1986.
McCoy, Drew THE LAST OF THE FATHERS, JAMES MADISON AND THE REPUBLICAN LEGACY A subtle, shapely and intriguing meditation on Madison's life, personality and political theory.  Washington Post Book World, December 3, 1989.
McMahon, Thomas MCKAY'S BEES Mathematically, McKay's reckonings are right. But his plans to establish a thriving humstead naturally go wrong, and this is the matter of Thomas McMahon's fine, small, funny second novel. TIME, Monday October 8, 1979
McMurtry, Larry ROADS Driving America's Great Highways Despite the inclusion of chapter headings listing the highway networks over which McMurtry chose to drive before writing ''Roads,'' the book is not an aid to travel but an occasion for fleeting, from-the-hip commentary on anything along the way that comes to his eye or mind. New York Times Sunday Book Review, July 16, 2000.
McNamee. Thomas THE RETURN OF THE WOLF TO YELLOWSTONE ''Could it be that our newfound love of the wolf is as irrational as our forebears' hatred? Could it be that the wolf wolf lovers love and the wolf wolf haters hate are both falsehoods?'' New York Times Sunday Book Review, June 1, 1997.
Mehta, Ved FLY AND THE FLY-BOTTLE The most charitable view of his book is that it is a bit too successful in communicating to the reader the author's own state of quizzical bemusement as he plunges into a metaphysical brier patch. Time, July 12, 1963
Miller, Henry TROPIC OF CAPRICORN If Cancer was an old world debauch, Capricorn is a kind of New World Sinphony, an account of Author Miller's coming of age in New York City (1900-23).  Time, June 29, 1962.
Milne, Christopher THE ENCHANTED PLACES If Christopher Milne's life has not exactly been blasted by Pooh and Mummy, it has had its melancholy moments, and with both parents now dead, he has written a book.  Time, 1971.
Mizener, Arthur THE SADDEST STORY The list of writers Ford published early reads like a mail-order come-on to some 20th century great-writers anthology.  Time, May 10, 1971.
Mojtabai, A.G. MUNDOME Mundome gives a new license for chatter about the fluidity of personality. But what the book mostly leaves behind is a rare and pleasant sense, in this beautifully controlled first novel, of having been taken down the garden path by a master.  Time, Monday, May 20, 1974
Montherlant, Henri de THE GIRLS Few writers have warmed to the subject of anti-feminism with quite his unabashed verve and vitriol. LIFE International, 1965.
Morgan, Marabel TOTAL WOMAN (1973)
TOTAL JOY (1977) Her name is Marabel Morgan, and her sole transgression is that she is the author of two treacly and wildly popular books, Total Woman and its newly released sequel Total Joy, which argue that every housewife can find happiness by pampering and submitting to her husband.  Time, March 14, 1977. 
Morris, Jan CONUNDRUM The bemusements of living as a woman after being a man will stir chatter, but are the least important, and in some ways the least interesting aspects of the book. Morris divorced his wife only because he had to take up a woman's identity and passport. As a "sister-in-law," she now sees Elizabeth in Wales on weekends.  Time, April 22, 1974.
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Neo-Realists, The For more than five years the neo-realists (la Nouvelle Vague - Robbe-Grillet, Nathalie Sarraulte, Michel Butor, Claude Mauriac, Claude Simon, Marguerite Duras, Marc Saporta, etc.) have been stirring excitement, adulation, outrage and despair. Admirers hail them as bold innovators who are breaking ground for the fiction of the future. Alarmists warn that if Gallic logic is pursued to its usual extreme, Neo-Realists' views and practices may lead the novel to wither away entirely.  Time, Friday, July 20, 1962.
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O'Hara, John ELIZABETH APPLETON The experiment may be merely an attempt to put old wine into a slightly new bottle. It is not vintage O'Hara, but the vineyard is unmistakable. Time, June 7, 1963.
O'Hara, John THE HAT ON THE BED O'Hara is able to dip into the sounds and sights and thoughts of four decades of American life. "The United States in this century is what I know," he explained not long ago, "the way people talked and thought and felt. I want to get it all down while I can." Time, November 22, 1963.
Oldenbourg, Zoe CITIES OF THE FLESH The trouble with Cities of the Flesh is that the real history is so compelling that the histrionics of her characters sometimes seem frivolous and shoddy intrusions. Time, September 6, 1963.
O'Nan, Stewart A WORLD AWAY ''A World Away'' at first comes on like a clear case of déjà vu all over again.  Not to worry, though.  If O'Nan has a genius, it is for intricately overlapping streams of consciousness that rove back and forth, creating past and present with fleeting hints about the characters' lives that a reader needs to watch for like clues buried in a detective story. New York Times Sunday Book Review, June 21, 1998.
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Parkinson, C. Northcote THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HORATIO HORNBLOWER C. Northcote Parkinson, though known for his prankish wit, was a naval historian before he began his researches into the modern disease that may properly be called "administrationitis." His fully fabricated account of Hornblower's career, from an impecunious "boyhood in Kent to a peaceful death at 80 in 1857 - which came, appropriately, while the by then viscount was reading Gibbon - is circumstantial to a fault.  Time, June 14, 1971. 
Pesetsky, Bette AUTHOR FROM A SAVAGE PEOPLE No one so far has tried what Bette Pesetsky gets away with in this savage, funny small novel - that is, using ghostwriting as a metaphor to dramatize the view that women do most of the work of creation while men (unfairly) get most of the credit. New York Times Sunday Book Review, March 27, 1983.
Polsgrove, Carol IT WASN'T PRETTY, FOLKS, BUT DIDN'T WE HAVE FUN? Esquire in the Sixties For anyone still interested in Esquire in the 1960s, Carol Polsgrove has put together an overindulgent but lively account of how the magazine, a "hot book" of that triumphant and disastrous decade, cheekily tried -- and eventually failed -- to be funny about it. New York Times Sunday Book Review, August 13, 1995.
Potter, Beatrix Peter Rabbit has been world famous for decades but amazing Beatrix Potter is just beginning to become a celebrity, too.  Smithsonian, January 1989.
Pritchett, V.S. THE CAMBERWELL BEAUTY AND OTHER STORIES Pritchett's stories, meanwhile, regularly throb with the same grotesque scenes and sensuous memories as his life, recollected with a comic clarity and shrewd indulgence.  Time, September 16, 1974
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Rankin, Hugh REBELS AND REDCOATS  This is the one book to have for the Bicentenial if you're having only one.  Time, July 5, 1976.
Ransom, John Crowe SELECTED POEMS As the author of a few slender books of poetry, he has drawn the highest praise from the knottiest intellectuals of his time.  Time, April 3, 1964.
Ravitch, Diane THE SCHOOLS WE DESERVE: Reflections on the Educational Crises of Our Time. Teachers should not be made scapegoats. They were, and still are, she feels, devoted and long-suffering folk who preserved much of value by ignoring the shifting fads in teaching theory, and by continuing to use old-fashioned means like examinations, grading, textbooks, the recitation method, courses that focus on discrete subjects -- because these things work in the classroom. However, teachers "must feel a sense of inadequacy, knowing that the techniques they find necessary for teaching have been condemned by progressive pedagogical experts for most of the century."  Washington Post Book World, May 5, 1985.
Redford, Robert A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT Robert Redford's film version of Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It is about to plunge audiences into the life and works of Maclean.  Smithsonian, September 1992.
Roth, Hal WE FOLLOWED ODYSSEUS Hal and Margaret Roth roamed the eastern Mediterranean in the 35-foot sloop Whisper, hungry for real and mythical history. Smithsonian, September 2001.
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Sarraute, Nathalie THE GOLDEN FRUITS Miss Sarraute is a genuine minor genius, whose motto might be "They that live by the word shall perish by the word." Time, February 7, 1964
Sartre, Jean-Paul SAINT GENET "By infecting us with his evil," Sartre concludes complacently, "Genet delivers himself from it." Time, October 11, 1963.

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CITIZENS: A CHRONICLE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION As tragic drama, of course, the French Revolution has everything, including an historic significance, that can scarcely be overstated.  USA Today, 1989.
Scheer, George REBELS AND REDCOATS  This is the one book to have for the Bicentenial if you're having only one.  Time, July 5, 1976.
Schwartz, Marion A HISTORY OF DOGS IN THE EARLY AMERICAS Schwartz is a physical anthropologist who describes herself as ''not a dog person.'' Somehow she got interested in studying the thousands of different images and myths and rituals involving dogs in the pre-Columbian Americas. New York Times Sunday Book Review, August 10, 1997
Scott, Paul THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN The author, far from merely unfolding an account of an isolated act of violence, has woven out of many voices and many contiguous lives a chronicle of the long, sometimes hopeful, often hateful relationship between Englishmen and Indians in what was British India. LIFE Magazine, 1966.
Simmons, Ernest J. CHEKHOV He remains an ambiguous figure even in this exhaustive, meticulous, scholarly examination.   Time, October 19, 1962.
Smith, Richard Norton THE HARVARD CENTURY The Making of a University To a Nation Smith wants us to understand the Harvard he's writing about is nothing less than America's "de facto national university" and "an instrument of national purpose" to boot.  It is debatable whether the road to riches, size and overblown reputation that Harvard has taken since 1869, when this book really begins, quite represents the triumphal progress that Smith and Harvard like to believe.  Washington Post Book World, August 24, 1986.
Solberg, Carl RIDING HIGH The first concise history of the U.S. roughly from 1947 to 1967. Solberg deals to some extent with the textures of everyday living—the rush to the suburbs and the rise of the barbecue pit, James Dean fan clubs and bomb shelters. But his main aim is to describe the enormous effect of the cold war on American life.  Time, September 9, 1974.
Sologub, Fyodor THE PETTY DEMON Fyodor Sologub's classic is a glittering fantasy that had enormous success in Russia when it came out in 1907 but has not been widely read elsewhere. This deft translation is the first time it has been reissued in the U.S. since 1916.  Time, September 7, 1962.
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO VOL I. Translated by Thomas P. Whitney
LETTER TO THE SOVIET LEADERS.  Translated by Hilary Sternberg Even if little comes of his advice, history may yet judge Solzhenitsyn a success - and not merely in the realm of art. For he is surely one of those towering witnesses thrown up by history (or God) in moments of crisis to remind the world that the pursuit of material progress is no way to the peace that passes understanding.  Time, July 15, 1974.
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr AUGUST 1914 Even at the book's close, when Novelist Solzhenitsyn might have been expected to weave the threads of personal narrative back together again, it is Historian Solzhenitsyn who has the last word.  Time, September 25, 1972.
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr THE FIRST CIRCLE In The First Circle, Solzhenitsyn has transformed the chronicle of four days in the lives of men and women associated with the Mavrino Institute, a Moscow scientific installation, into a thumbnail portrait of a whole society drowning in fear and hypocrisy. Life Book Review, 1966.
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr THE CANCER WARD Stripped of all illusions by years of war, prison, exile, poverty and sickness, the Solzhenitsyn figure uncompromisingly asserts that modern man can arm himself against the fear of death only with life itself. He must do so by reducing life to complete simplicity, seeing it with unblinking honesty but loving and prizing it nevertheless. Time, November 8. 1968.
Spengler, Oswald THE DECLINE OF THE WEST Often damned but still cited (the very title can turn a whole evening into disputation), it is still a provocative and often dazzling book. Time, May. 25, 1962
Stacton, David PEOPLE OF THE BOOK Stacton takes on the Thirty Years War and produces a troubling and fantastic book.  What he achieves is less an historic tapestry than some brilliant notes toward a new-wave war film as it might have been photographed by a 16th century painter. LIFE Magazine, 1965.
Steegmuller, Francis APOLLINAIRE This carefully contrived book is likely to please best only those readers who know least about Apollinaire, but who are delighted to dip into a nicely, often spicily, written story about a fin de siècle Villon who smoked opium, palled around with Picasso, Matisse and Braque and (in 1911) got arrested for stealing the Mona Lisa. Time, November 29, 1963
Steinfels, Peter THE NEOCONSERVATIVES Connected with big-moneyed foundations, great universities i.e. Government, these neoconservatives exert disproportionate influence by preaching a doctrine that, the author argues, "threatens to attenuate and diminish the promise of American democracy."   Time, August 6, 1979.
Super, R.H. editor MATTHEW ARNOLD - LECTURES & ESSAYS IN CRITICISM: Vol. III in a ten-volume series Arnold was the most trenchant critic of his century—a fact which has inspired Professor Super's mammoth scholarly edition of all his scattered works. Time, May 19, 1963.
Swanberg, W.A. LUCE AND HIS EMPIRE There is no reason why Swanberg, as a hostile biographer of Henry Luce, should not call the man and his publications into account for notable contributions to policies that have gone wrong.  But Swanberg's book suffers from the notion that any stigma will do to beat a dogma. He largely ignores historical context. He clearly regards religion as a menace, and Luce's faith as prima-facie evidence of simplemindedness. He takes any anti-Communist statement as a sign of villainy. He will not rest until he has made Luce into a monstrous caricature, the evil genius of everything that he objects to in U.S. policy and character for the past 40 years.  Time, October 9, 1972.
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Taylor, Telford NUREMBERG AND VIETNAM: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY Beyond its direct application to Viet Nam, Taylor's book is a remarkable historic study of a line of social thought that many readers will begin by regarding as hopeless and legalistic, and end by admiring profoundly.  Time, November 23, 1970.
Tolkien, J.R.R. THE SILMARILLION At its best Tolkien's posthumous revelation of his private mythology is majestic, a work held so long and so powerfully in the writer's imagination that it overwhelms the reader.  Time, October 24, 1977.
Tolkien, J.R.R.: obituary John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, who died last week at the age of 81, knowing that an imaginary world must be realistically equipped down to the last whisker of the last monster, put close to 20 years into the creation of Middle-earth, the three-volume Lord of the Rings (1954) and its predecessor, The Hobbit (1938).  Time, September 17, 1973.
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Updike, John MARRY ME Updike's old white writing magic has not lost its skill. He can still set a domestic scene, describe a sleeping child or evoke the sights and sounds of the marriage bed-and-bored sharply enough to bring a tear to the eye of the recording angel.  Time, November 15, 1976.
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Vidal, Gore THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION There are books it may be better to talk about than to read, and one of them, alas, is The Smithsonian Institution.  Washington Post Book World, April 1998.
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Wallace, Michael AMERICAN VIOLENCE, A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY with Richard Hofstadter The difficulty lies in being reasonably sure, before the event, that the evil will indeed be ended and not exacerbated or succeeded by some equal or greater evil. For this reason all politicians, revolutionary no less than establishment politicians, must work with a terrible calculus in human misfortune.  Time, November 23, 1970.
Ward, Aileen JOHN KEATS Aileen Ward, who teaches at Sarah Lawrence, is briefer than Biographer Walter Jackson Bate, less searching, more wrapped up in the psychology of such things as Keats's ambivalent feeling toward women. Time, October 25, 1963.
Ward, Theodora MEN AND ANGELS The author's literary pilgrimage takes her through diverting patches of angelic lore. Biblically speaking, most angels are confined to the hierarchical ranks in heaven—seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, powers, etc. Only the lowest ranks, archangels and angels, have ever had contact with man, appearing as messengers and ministers of God, especially at crucial moments when things had to be done that defied human logic. Time, December 26, 1969.
Watt, Richard M. DARE CALL IT TREASON This weird moment of chaos, when France almost lost a war by losing control of her exhausted troops, is the subject of Dare Call It Treason, the latest in the recent flood of histories about World War I. Time, May 17, 1963.
Wilder, Thornton THEOPHILUS NORTH An escapee from a boyhood variously spent in China, California and Wisconsin, a classics scholar, a master of many languages, an ex-prep schoolteacher and Yaleman, Theophilus is also an infernal meddler in other people's business.   Time, November 12, 1973.
Wilson, Edmund TO THE FINLAND STATION Revolutionary rhetoric is once again very much in the air, and the book has now been reissued more than 30 years after its original publication.  Time, August 21, 1972.
Wolfe, Tom RADICAL CHIC AND MAU-MAUING THE FLAK CATCHERS An appallingly funny, cool, small, deflative two-scene social drama about America's biggest, hottest and most perplexing problem, the confrontation between Black Rage and White Guilt.  Time, December 21, 1970.
Wolfe, Tom THE RIGHT STUFF In The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe describes "pushing the outside of the envelope," Right Stuff­ese for forcing an aircraft to the extreme limits of its design. In a mouthy age, the Brothers cling to a military officer's "uncritical willingness to face danger" at very low pay.  Quest magazine, 1979. 
Wouk, Herman THE WINDS OF WAR Well calculated to stir indignation or imagination in American readers, who have a provincial tendency to think the war was really won or lost in Western Europe.  Time, November 22, 1971.
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