Academic, Professional and General

Academic,Professional ans General

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Dearest Lenny

Last month, we published Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro, which interweaves an intimate story of love and art with a history of Leonard Bernstein’s transformation from an American icon into a world maestro during the second half of the twentieth century.

​In this illuminating work, author Mari Yoshihara casts light on a hitherto unseen aspect of Bernstein’s life. When Yoshishara, Professor of American Studies at University of Hawai’i, was searching the Bernstein collection at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., she stumbled upon 300 personal letters between the composer and Kunihiko Hashimoto, a young male lover. Spanning 11 years from the pair’s first meeting in 1979, the love letters reveal not only the romantic and sexual attraction Hashimoto felt but also his awe and worship of Bernstein, who is most famous for composing West Side Story.

The publication of Dearest Lenny comes at the end of a busy year filled with performances, exhibitions, publications, and events to mark what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 101st birthday. Reviewing the book, author Carol J. Oja writes:

While Leonard Bernstein's status as a global celebrity is well-established, the focus has largely been on his impact in Europe and Israel. Here, Mari Yoshihara meaningfully repositions the famed conductor and composer in relation to Japan. The story is both professional and personal, and it culminates in Bernstein's longstanding relationship with Kunihiko Hashimoto, which is documented in a voluminous and intimate correspondence between the two men. Consistently insightful and deeply moving, Dearest Lenny deepens our perspective on a figure we thought we knew very well. - Carol J. Oja, author of Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

(October 2, 2019)

An Editor’s Guide to Writing and Publishing Science

Publishing is rapidly changing, and needs to be explained with a fresh perspective. Simply writing good, clear, concise, science is no longer enough – there is a different mindset now required that students need to adopt if they are to succeed. Now available in both hardback for library collections and an affordable paperback edition, An Editor's Guide to Writing and Publishing Science provides the foundations of this new approach for both young scientists at the start of their careers, as well as for more experienced scientists to teach the younger generation.

The author, Michael Hochberg (Distinguished Research Director, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France), has over 30 years of experience working in both fundamental and applied biology, studying the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases and cancers. He has published over 100 articles in leading journals, and co-edited numerous special issues and books. In 1998, he co-founded Ecology Letters and served as its Chief Editor until 2009.

This is an introductory guide aimed at advanced undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and young faculty, but has lots of indispensable material for more senior researchers too. For a taste of the highly successful Editor-in-Chief's insights, visit OUP Blog for a short how-to on reviewing for scientific journals..

(September 9, 2019)

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