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The New Criterion

It operates as a refuge for a civilizing element in short supply in contemporary America: honest criticism
- The Wall Street Journal

September 2015

Volume 34, Number 1

Notes & comments

The legacy of Runnymede

800 years later, what freedoms granted by the Magna Carta remain?

Yale follies (cont’d)

On the use of the title "Master" at the university.

Whitney Ball, 1962–2016

Remembering the founder of Donor's Trust.


Remembering Robert Conquest

by John O'Sullivan

Remembering Robert Conquest's literary life.

Liberty’s charter

by Jeremy Black

On the special significance of Magna Carta for Americans.

The untold story of Reconstruction

by Gene Dattel

The South is largely blamed for the failure of Reconstruction, but what of the North's responsibility?

Nostalgia in Venice

by Dominic Green

On “All the World’s Futures: The 56th International Art Exhibition” at the Giardini della Biennale and the Arsenale.

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Washington journal

Beach bums

by Bruce Cole

On "BEACH" at the National Building Museum, the Eisenhower Memorial, and the end of James Billington's tenure as Librarian of Congress.


The mystery behind the Baroness

by Michael Dirda

A look back at some of Baroness Orczy's mystery novels and the vibrant characters within.


Between the lines of history

by Joshua Dill

A look at two of important players in the world of historical fiction: Robert Merle and Arturo Pérez-Reverte.


Historical acts

by Kyle Smith

On Amazing Grace at the Nederlander Theatre, The King and I at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater & The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking at SoHo Playhouse.


Durand-Ruel & the Impressionists

by Karen Wilkin

On “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Exhibition note

by Mario Naves

On "Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gallery chronicle

by James Panero

On “Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange” at the Studio Museum in Harlem.


On recordings

by Jay Nordlinger

On Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, choral music by Music Sacra, Time Present and Time Past by Mahan Esfahani & more.

The Media

Sixteen no-Trump

by James Bowman

On the media circus surrounding the candidacy of Donald Trump.


The forgotten story of Richard Krebs

by Jonathan Leaf

Though now largely unknown, Richard Krebs, who wrote under the pen name Jan Valtin, was one of the most successful writers of the 1940s.

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The Decameron

Extremes of high and low

on The Decameron

by Giovanni Boccaccio, Wayne A. Rebhorn

reviewed by Eric Ormsby

Goebbels: A Biography

The man behind the curtain

on Goebbels: A Biography

by Peter Longerich, Alan Bance, Jeremy Noakes, Lesley Sharpe

reviewed by David Pryce-Jones

The Iliad: A New Translation by Peter Green

The Iliad now

on The Iliad: A New Translation by Peter Green

by Homer, Peter Green

reviewed by David Hayes

That is the Q

on "Hamlet" After Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text (Material Texts)

by Zachary Lesser

reviewed by Paul Dean

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In the trenches

on Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima

by Alexander Rose

reviewed by Kevin Clark

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An American aesthetic

on American Musicals: The Complete Books and Lyrics of 16 Broadway Classics, 1927-1969 (Library of America)

by Laurence Maslon

reviewed by Michael Anderson

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Shrinking legacy

on My Generation: Collected Nonfiction

by William Styron, James L.W. I West II, Tom Brokaw

reviewed by Peter Tonguette


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September 29, 2015

Friends and Young Friends Event: Book Launch Party with Peter Pettus

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Friends and Young Friends Event: "The Corruption of our Political Institutions," a symposium

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