Books
11 September 2006
A History of the English Languageedited by Richard Hogg and David Denison Cambridge University Press, 510pp, £75ISBN...
Books
15 May 2006
Alan Warner's fifth novel draws the macabre poetry of its title from words spoken by his mother on her deathbed. Its...
Books
20 February 2006
According to the American novelist Willa Cather, "the world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts". It is not difficult...
Culture
17 October 2005
There is a vogue at the moment for galleries to mount exhibitions that resemble those Neapolitan ice creams so popular...
Books
02 July 2001
John Donne: man of flesh and spirit David Edwards Continuum, 368pp, £20 Libertine and moralist, churchman...
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23 April 2001
Iain Sinclair's favourite subject is London. He goads startling images from its least promising purlieus, and explores...
Culture
16 October 2000
Henry Green's fondness for ambiguity permeated his life as well as his work. He was born Henry Yorke, and before...
Culture
10 July 2000
Richard Holmes is perhaps best known for his admirable two-volume life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and for Footsteps,...
Books
28 February 2000
Sir Philip Sidney - courtier, gentleman, scholar, poet, soldier - is one of the most fascinating figures to have made...
Food and Drink
08 November 1999
Time can erode the gilded monuments of literary reputation with remarkable alacrity. When Malcolm Bradbury edited The...
Culture
01 November 1999
The most striking document in Gerald Early's study is a Playboy interview given by Muhammad Ali in 1975. "Boxing will...
Books
27 September 1999
Natives of Amsterdam often describe their city as gezellig. The adjective, which means something between "convivial"...
Food and Drink
06 September 1999
The proverbial schoolboy recalls two things about James Boswell: he wrote the life of Dr Johnson and, perhaps less...
Books
16 August 1999
The fifth and final volume of Michael Reynolds' biography of Ernest Hemingway, a project that has been in progress for...
Culture
17 May 1999
Writing to his wife from prison, the Marquis de Sade demanded that she send him specially crafted prestiges. The word...