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September 2015 Volume 34, Number 1

Notes & comments

The legacy of Runnymede
800 years later, what freedoms granted by 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.

Features

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.

Departments

Poems

In the garden by Kieron Winn

Consolations of Autumn by Ernest Hilbert

The pool by Rachel Hadas

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.

Reflections

The mystery behind the Baroness by Michael Dirda
A look back at some of Baroness Orczy's mystery novels and the vibrant characters within.

Reconsiderations

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.

Theater

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.

Art

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.

Music

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.

Notebook

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.

Books

Extremes of high and low
on The Decameron
by Giovanni Boccaccio,Wayne A. Rebhorn
reviewed by Eric Ormsby

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 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

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

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

Shrinking legacy
on My Generation: Collected Nonfiction
by William Styron,James L.W. I West II,Tom Brokaw
reviewed by Peter Tonguette