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JRR Tolkien’s fictions grew out of a gift for language and a passion for male friendship, tempered by the horrors of the Western Front.
This year marks the bicentenary of Shelley’s Frankenstein, a first novel that has become both a modern myth.
Journals help their authors understand the truth of lived experience, reveals a new exhibition.
Housman Country: Into the Heart of England by Peter Parker is in intriguing accumulation of evidence and analysis about an elegantly restrained poet.
Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch (1934-1995) shows the author's sexual mutability and witty warmth.
John Leigh's Touché: the Duel in Literature wears its learning lightly.
New memoirs from Antonia Fraser and David Lodge show very different British upbringings.
In the next instalment of the “Austen Project”, the Scottish crime writer gives her modern-day take on the novel formerly known as Susan.