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  • Discoveries SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium THOM GUNN, Thom Gunn is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including "The Man With Night Sweats."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium MARGARET ATWOOD, Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 25 books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Her most recent novel is "Alias Grace."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium ROBERT GIROUX, Robert Giroux is the former editor in chief of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium MINDY ALOFF, Mindy Aloff is the dance critic for The New Republic. Her book reviews and essays have appeared in The New Yorker and The Threepenny Review

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is the author of, most recently, "Apocalypses: Prophecies, Cults, and Millennial Beliefs Through the Ages."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium MICHAEL HENRY HEIM, Michael Henry Heim is a translator of Central European and Russian fiction and drama. He teaches in the department of Slavic languages and literature at UCLA

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium NOEL PERRIN, Noel Perrin, author of "A Reader's Delight" and "First Person Rural," teaches environmental studies at Dartmouth College

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium BEN SONNENBERG, Ben Sonnenberg is the author of "Lost Property: Memoirs & Confessions of a Bad Boy," which has been published in paperback by Counterpoint Press

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium CYNTHIA OZICK, Cynthia Ozick is the author of, most recently, "The Puttermesser Papers."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium NADINE GORDIMER, Nadine Gordimer is goodwill ambassador to the U.N. Development Program. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. Her most recent novel is "The House Gun."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium ANTHONY BAILEY, Anthony Bailey is the author of, most recently, "Standing in the Sun: A Life of J.M.W. Turner."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium JACQUES BARZUN, Jacques Barzun is the author of numerous books, including "From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Cultural Triumph and Defeat, 1500 to the Present."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium ALAIN DE BOTTON, Alain de Botton is the author of "How Proust Can Change Your Life."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium GARY INDIANA, Gary Indiana is the author of several books, including "Let It Bleed," "Gone Tomorrow," "Resentment" and, most recently, "Three Month Fever," the story of Andrew Cunanan

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium DAVE HICKEY, Dave Hickey is the author of "Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium SIMON LEYS, Simon Leys, the pseudonym of Pierre Ryckmans, is the author of "Chinese Shadows" and "The Burning Forest: Essays on Chinese Culture and Politics." Most recently, he has translated "The Analects of Confucius."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium PAUL MULDOON, Paul Muldoon is the author of several books of poetry, including "The Annals of Chile," "Bandanna" and, most recently, "Hay."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium MILAN KUNDERA, Milan Kundera is the author of numerous books, including "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and, most recently, "Identity." His comments were translated from the French by Linda Asher

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium FREDERIC MORTON, Frederic Morton is the author of the National Book Award finalist "The Rothschilds: A Family Portrait" and "Crosstown Sabbath: A Street Journey Through History."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium ANDRE ACIMAN, Andre Aciman is the author of "Out of Egypt: A Memoir" and "False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory." He teaches at Bard College

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium JUAN GOYTISOLO, Juan Goytisolo is the author of numerous books, including "The Marx Family Saga" (City Lights Books)

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium GREGORY RABASSA, Gregory Rabassa is the translator of numerous books, including "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Collected Stories" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium ROBERT CONQUEST, Robert Conquest is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, "Reflections on a Ravaged Century."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium WENDY LESSER, Wendy Lesser is the author of several books, most recently, "The Amateur: An Independent Life of Letters" (Pantheon). She is the editor of The Threepenny Review

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium CARLOS FUENTES, Carlos Fuentes is the author of many books. His new novel, "Los an 7/8os con Laura Diaz" was recently published by Alfaguara. An English translation will appear next year

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium MARINA WARNER, Marina Warner is the author of several books, including "From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium NOEL ANNAN, Noel Annan is the author of numerous books, including "Our Age: English Intellectuals Between the World Wars: A Group Portrait" and "Leslie Stephen: His Thought and Character in Relation to His Time."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium THOMAS FLANAGAN, Thomas Flanagan is the author of several novels, including "The Tenants of Time" and "The Year of the French."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium JOHN BANVILLE, John Banville is the author of "Mefisto" and "The Untouchable." He is the literary editor of the Irish Times

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium BENJAMIN SCHWARZ, Benjamin Schwarz, a contributing writer to Book Review, is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly. He is the former executive editor of World Policy Journal

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium ELMORE LEONARD, Elmore Leonard is the author of numerous novels, including, most recently, "Be Cool."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium G. CABRERA INFANTE, G. Cabrera Infante is the author of numerous books, including "Three Trapped Tigers."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium J.D. McCLATCHY, J.D. McClatchy is the author of four collections of poems, the latest of which is "Ten Commandments."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium PICO IYER, Pico Iyer is the author of several books, including "The Global Soul."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium JULIUS LESTER, Julius Lester is the author of 28 books. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he is a professor in the Judaic studies department and adjunct professor in the English and history departments

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium JOHN LUKACS, John Lukacs is the author of "The Hitler of History" and "A Thread of Years."

  • Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium JOHN LE CARRE, John le Carre is the author of many books, including "Single & Single."

  • Gutenberg's Triumph WILLIAM H. GASS, William H. Gass is the author of numerous books, including "Finding a Form: Essays" and, most recently, "Reading Rilke: Reflections on the Problem of Translation." He is the director of the International Writers Center at Washington University in St. Louis. His essay appeared in the November issue of Harper's magazine and is made available to Book Review by the kind permission of the author and by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate

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