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Sons and Daughters

Ernie Holsendolph '58
Robert M. Rosencrans   '49
James P. Rubin '82
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The Moral Obligation to be Intelligent: Selected Essays by Lionel Trilling '25, edited and with an introduction by Leon Wieseltier '74. The title of this omnibus of critical writings from the public intellectual and famed Columbia professor comes from a celebrated essay by Trilling's College teacher, John Erskine, Class of 1900 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $35).

From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life by Jacques Barzun '27. The 92-year-old former Columbia professor and provost offers a magisterial assessment of Western Civilization during the last five centuries - and the ongoing decline of that civilization today (HarperCollins, $36). For an excerpt, please see Columbia Forum.

The Lighter Side of Tennis by Herb Rosenthal '38, introduction by Bill Dwyre. A collection of essays on the profane, humorous and bizarre aspects of the amateur and professional game, by the former columnist for Tennis West and Inside Tennis magazines (Libra Publishers, $12.95 paper).

The Environment 2: As I See It, The Mold Must Be Broken by Bruce Wallace '41. A collection of short essays for college students by a former biology professor who urges creative solutions to America's desperate environmental and social problems (Elkhorn Press, no price, paper).

Seeds in the Heart: Japanese Literature from Earliest Times to the Late Sixteenth Century by Donald Keene '42, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and University Professor Emeritus. Originally published in 1993, the first volume of Keene's History of Japanese Literature, was actually the last completed and covers the origins of Japanese poetry, fiction and drama (Columbia University Press, $32.50 paper).

World Within Walls: Japanese Literature of the Pre-Modern Era, 1600-1867 by Donald Keene '42, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and University Professor Emeritus. This primer spans the drama, poetry and fiction of the entire Tokugawa period, when the shoguns ruled a Japan that was largely isolated from foreign influences (Columbia University Press, $25 paper).

The Head of the Bull and Other Short Stories by Philip E. Duffy '44. A third collection of short stories exploring human perceptions and fallibility from a specialist in public medicine, a 1947 P&S graduate (Chase Publishing, $12.95 paper).

Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings by Jack Kerouac '44, edited with an introduction and commentary by Paul Marien. More than 60 previously unpublished stories, poems, plays and fragments - written between the ages of 13 and 21, when Kerouac dropped out of the College - reveal his literary influences and first steps toward a unique voice (Viking, $24.95).

Poems for the Nation: A Collection of Contemporary Political Poems, edited by Allen Ginsberg '48, with Andy Clausen and Eliot Katz. This anthology censuring America's drift to the political right - which begins with Ginsberg's poem "Antler" and ends with an appreciation of Ginsberg as a poet-activist - was conceived by the Beat poet in the year before his death (Seven Stories Press, $5.95 paper).

William Morris on Art and Socialism, edited and with an introduction by Norman Kelvin '48. Morris is best remembered as a preeminent Victorian designer and craftsman, and this collection of public lectures (gathered by a distinguished professor at CUNY) shows his fundamental commitment to produce items of both utility and beauty (Dover Publications, $10.95 paper).

Figurehead and Other Poems by John Hollander '50. The seventeenth volume of poetry from the Sterling Professor of English at Yale, whose technically skilled poems have been praised as having "visionary power" as well as "emotional heft" (Alfred A. Knopf, $22 cloth, $15 paper).

The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal, translated by Richard Howard '51. Written in a mere seven weeks, this nineteenth-century classic about the Napoleonic Wars in Italy, which was praised by André Gide as the greatest of all French novels, has come to life for a whole new generation in this widely acclaimed modern translation (Modern Library, $24.95)

Po Chü-i: Selected Poems, translated by Burton Watson '51. A civil servant in life, Po Chü-i (772-846) is now appreciated as one of the greatest Chinese poets of the T'ang age, a master of a deceptively simple style, and a "connoisseur of everyday delights" (Columbia University Press, $35 cloth, $14.50 paper).

Low Risk, High Reward: Starting and Growing Your Own Business with Minimal Risk by Bob Reiss '52, with Jeffrey L. Cruikshank. A guide for cautious but ambitious beginning entrepreneurs, who are willing to "work smart" as well as to work hard, by an entrepreneur who got his own taste for business in a Columbia student enterprise (Free Press, $27.50).

Bird in a Cage: Legal Reform in China after Mao by Stanley B. Lubman '55. One of the few American specialists in modern Chinese law analyses the impact of Mao's 30-year rule on Chinese jurisprudence and the implications (for China and the West) of the new legal institutions that have emerged since his death in 1979 (Stanford University Press, $65).

Rochester Cathedral, 604-1540: An Architectural History by J. Philip McAleer '56. A history and "above ground" archaeology of the cathedral's architecture and fabric from its founding in Saxon England until the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII (University of Toronto Press, $70).

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