Time again for the university to shut off the lights and turn down the heat, forcing us all to our homes for a bit of rest and reading. As blogging will be light for a spell, we thought we’d leave you with a look back at just some of what we’ve been up to this year; maybe you’ll see something you missed the first time through.
Way back in January, we shared an excerpt from our volume of Orhan Pamuk’s Norton Lectures, The Naïve and the Sentimental Novelist, in which the Nobel Laureate considered what takes place in our minds when we read novels.
Also in January, amidst the controversy of a publisher’s plan to release a censored version of Huck Finn, we posted the full text of Ishmael Reed’s New Literary History of America essay on Twain’s classic.
And we closed out the month with a trio of short videos featuring David Blight, who spoke with us about the enduring significance of the American Civil War, just as the nation began to mark the conflict’s sesquicentennial.
We heard from two long-time HUP Editors after the death of Daniel Bell, the pioneering social scientist who for years helped to oversee the Press. Michael Aronson wrote of his memories of Bell, and Lindsay Waters remembered Bell’s impact on the direction of HUP.
In February, as the world watched events unfold in Egypt, we looked back at a book by Timur Kuran titled Private Truths, Public Lies. Kuran, currently a professor of Economics and Islamic Studies at Duke, presented in the book a model for understanding the seemingly sudden process of social and political breakthrough. It’s a book we’ve thought back on many times throughout this year of global political uprising.
Also in February, as we began our celebration of the Loeb Classical Library’s 100th anniversary, we asked you to show us your Loebs. And you did! In May, and then again this week, we shared your pictures from all over the world.
We also heard from Nicholas Frankel, editor of our beautiful new annotated, uncensored edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray, about the history of Wilde’s novel, and why it’s taken so long for this original version to finally see publication.
In March, we presented the Interlude from one of our best-titled books of the year, Seo-Young Chu’s Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep?: A Science-Fictional Theory of Representation.
Also in March, after the entire Harvard community was saddened by the passing of Harvard Law School Professor William J. Stuntz, HUP Editor Elizabeth Knoll wrote about Stuntz’s work to finish The Collapse of American Criminal Justice, a book we proudly published in September.
Later in the month, HUP Editor Sharmila Sen marked the publication of The Essential Tagore with a story about the collection of Tagore’s poems that she carried with her as a child when her family moved to the United States.
May was busy! We looked at the Keynes-Hayek rap battle, noted the creation by Pitzer College of the nation’s first department of secular studies (and recommended some books for them), and marked the paperback publication of Paul Gilroy’s Darker than Blue by sharing a song that’s been on heavy rotation in these halls all this year and last.
And we rounded out May by posting our video of Martha Nussbaum discussing the Capabilities Approach to Human Development.