The Cornerstone, by Zoe Oldenbourg. A superior historical novel, told with massive detail, about medieval knighthood and knavery (TIME, Jan. 10).
Oblomov, by Ivan Goncharov. New translation of a little-known but brilliant 19th century Russian portrait of a young nobleman who is too weary to live, love, or even get out of bed (TIME, Jan. 3).
His Very Self and Voice, edited by Ernest J. Lovell Jr. Carefully culled reports and comments by contemporaries add up to a fascinating picture of Poet Lord Byron, professional romantic and "most amiable monster'' (in Stendhal's phrase) and his loves, feuds, scrapes and enthusiasms (TIME, Jan. 3).