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Sarah Churchwell is chair of public understanding of the humanities at the University of London, and author of “Behold, America” (Bloomsbury)
Last week my brain spun itself flat, like a pizza, trying to process the US election results. Now it’s just bits of dough everywhere.
How a legacy of violent nationalism haunts the republic in the age of Trump.
The United States has always looked to Shakespeare to illuminate its politics – and in the polarised age of Donald Trump his work feels as urgent as ever.
Colson Whitehead’s new novel is a spare and unsparing of a black child’s school experience in 1960s Florida.
Arthur Miller saw the Great Depression and the years after as a period of moral catastrophe. His understanding of American hucksterism, greed and shame could hardly be more relevant in Trump’s world.
The 1920s was a decade of swindles – and one con artist out-tricked them all.
In What Are We Doing Here?, Robinson attacks Fox News and the “dystopian media”.
The last remaining uncollected stories and a new biography show the great novelist’s grasp of history and his place in it.
This 1950s novel, beloved by Marilynne Robinson, has power and poignancy – but little that surprises us.
Whatever you think of Clinton as a politician, it's undeniable that she has been castigated for her ambition in a way her male rival has not.