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Putting real people into novels

"Most of the great English novels of the 20th century come crammed with supercharged versions of real people," claims D.J. Taylor inThe Guardian. Prompted by the appearance of a thinly...

Putting real people into novels

"Most of the great English novels of the 20th century come crammed with supercharged versions of real people," claims D.J. Taylor inThe Guardian. Prompted by the appearance of a thinly...

From the archives:

To F. Scott Fitzgerald: “I wonder what your idea of heaven would be— beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists, all powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves...

From the archives:

To F. Scott Fitzgerald: “I wonder what your idea of heaven would be— beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists, all powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves...

Hamlet in a nutshell

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the most famous literary work ever written so you’d expect it to be full of puzzles, as indeed it is, one reason why so much critical ink...

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Hamlet in a nutshell

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the most famous literary work ever written so you’d expect it to be full of puzzles, as indeed it is, one reason why so much critical ink...

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The Brontës Through Objects

The three Brontë sisters — Charlotte, Emily and Anne — produced some of the nineteenth century’s most enduring literature.Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall each issued from...

The Brontës Through Objects

The three Brontë sisters — Charlotte, Emily and Anne — produced some of the nineteenth century’s most enduring literature.Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall each issued from...

Shakespeare’s Dubious Christianity

Mortal Thoughts, a new book on Shakespeare and religion, York University’s Brian Cummings investigates what he calls “the condition of soliloquy”. And he discovers that Shakespeare’s agonised individuals are in...

Shakespeare’s Dubious Christianity

Mortal Thoughts, a new book on Shakespeare and religion, York University’s Brian Cummings investigates what he calls “the condition of soliloquy”. And he discovers that Shakespeare’s agonised individuals are in...

Paradise Lost: The Movie?

By Eleanor Winn  In 2011, Warner Brothers announced that they were beginning production on a 3D film of Milton’s Paradise Lost. Bradley Cooper was cast as Satan, and several other high profile...

Paradise Lost: The Movie?

By Eleanor Winn  In 2011, Warner Brothers announced that they were beginning production on a 3D film of Milton’s Paradise Lost. Bradley Cooper was cast as Satan, and several other high profile...