Approaching Spring

The Old Trip by Dream Train

Brendan Galvin is the author of sixteen poetry collections, most recently Habitat: New and Selected Poems, 1965–2005 (2005), a finalist for the National Book Award; Ocean Effects (2007); and Whirl Is King (2008)—all from Louisiana State University Press. His translation of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis appeared in the Penn Greek Drama Series (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998).

And the World Became Strange: Realms of Literary Fantasy

on Life Among Others by Daniel Halpern; The Late Hour by Mark Strand; Kicking the Leaves by Donald Hall; Tread the Dark by David Ignatow; & The Year of Our Birth by Sandra McPherson

on Speaking of Stendhal by Storm Jameson

on F. R. Leavis: Judgment and the Discipline of Thought by Robert Boyers

on America’s Great Illustrators by Susan E. Meyer

Gerald Weales’s “American Theater Watch” appeared in these pages from 1978 until 2010, and we have also featured on occasion his essays and reviews on topics that have included World War II and the early-career political cartoons of one Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss). In addition to his distinguished career as an author and drama specialist, Weales was a longtime professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he retired in 1987; a senior Fulbright scholar at the University of Sri Lanka; and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

Shields, Ruins, and Togus: Old Literary History (on Dr. Woodward’s Shield: History, Science and Satire in Augustan England by Joseph M. Levine; Ruins and Empire: The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature by Laurence Goldstein; & Augustus Caesar in “augustan” England: The Decline of a Classical Norm by Howard D. Weinbrot)

Refelections on John Fowles’s “The Magus” and the Construction of Reality (on The Magus: A Revised Version by John Fowles)