Books & Literary Life

Shakespeare’s Uncanny Presence

Marjorie Garber explores the bard’s influence on the Bloomsbury Group.

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

How Revolutions Happen

Robert Darnton on the origins of the French Revolutionary temperament

Anna Jacobson Schwartz

Brief life of a pioneering economist: 1915-2012

by Jennifer Burns

Black Students Speak

Jarvis Givens on two centuries of African American education 

by Lydialyle Gibson

Getting Close, in Selma

Acting at a moment of conscience

by Drew Gilpin Faust

State-Sponsored Discrimination

The role of zoing law and housing in making America more unequal—and what to do about it

The Men Who Can’t Be Saved

Novelist Ben Purkert’s playfully serious look at masculinity

by Stuart Miller

Off the Shelf

Recent books on camping outdoors, economic opportunity, the women of NOW, and more

Life’s Blueprints

The development of developmental biology

by Jonathan Shaw

“Shotgun” Diagnosis

The virtues of inaction in delivering medical care