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The fashion essay that made Oscar Wilde famous

A well-turned epithet often blinds to the truth, and nowhere is this more the case than in the writing of Oscar Wilde. His latter-day repudiation of journalism as “the adversary...

The fashion essay that made Oscar Wilde famous

A well-turned epithet often blinds to the truth, and nowhere is this more the case than in the writing of Oscar Wilde. His latter-day repudiation of journalism as “the adversary...

Garbage in The Great Gatsby

 While The Great Gatsby is rightly seen as condemning Jazz Age wastefulness, the importance of actual waste in the novel is often overlooked. One of the early titles of Scott...

Garbage in The Great Gatsby

 While The Great Gatsby is rightly seen as condemning Jazz Age wastefulness, the importance of actual waste in the novel is often overlooked. One of the early titles of Scott...

Kafka’s Repressed Homosexuality

Much has been made of Kafka’s reputation as a womaniser, but a new book by Saul Friedländer argues that there was another more tortured side to his sexuality – a...

Kafka’s Repressed Homosexuality

Much has been made of Kafka’s reputation as a womaniser, but a new book by Saul Friedländer argues that there was another more tortured side to his sexuality – a...

Keats – novelist manqué?

It’s always fun to wonder what might have become of talented artists who died young. John Keats, the Romantic poet, died of tuberculosis only six years after he began composing...

Keats – novelist manqué?

It’s always fun to wonder what might have become of talented artists who died young. John Keats, the Romantic poet, died of tuberculosis only six years after he began composing...

Robert Browning on his critics

Browning hated literary criticism. He dropped out of the newly founded London University after only two terms, and was infamous for excoriating critics who relied on dictionaries and encyclopedias to...

Robert Browning on his critics

Browning hated literary criticism. He dropped out of the newly founded London University after only two terms, and was infamous for excoriating critics who relied on dictionaries and encyclopedias to...

Gleanings: gems from the literary pages

In a new book on Conrad, Robert Hampson revisits the famous scene in which Marlow lies to Kurtz’s fiancée at the end of Heart of Darkness. It is usally thought the...

Gleanings: gems from the literary pages

In a new book on Conrad, Robert Hampson revisits the famous scene in which Marlow lies to Kurtz’s fiancée at the end of Heart of Darkness. It is usally thought the...