The famous story of a group of schoolboys trapped on an island is more than a little reminiscent of the real world right now.
The centenary of Natsume Soseki’s death this year is being marked by numerous events, not least his resurrection in robotic form.
One of English poetry’s most recognisable voices has been memorialised in Westminster Abbey.
The oil rig explosion in Deepwater Horizon (2016), a film about the worst oil spill in US history.
The search for oil was once depicted in movies and books as a boys' own adventure. But as films such as Deepwater Horizon show, in an age of anxieties over fossil fuels, oil's story is now a darker one.
The Bad Sex Awards are a reminder of the literary value of discipline and restraint in matters of bonking.
Anita Francis, ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare,’ book sculpture, 2014. By permission of the artist.
For over four centuries, Shakespeare’s plays have been picked apart and reimagined.
Rose and Groote Eylandters Nertichunga, Machana and Nabia, Groote Eylandt, 1941.
Courtesy of SLNSW, Frederick Rose papers, Box 5
The book Red Professor: the Cold War Life of Fred Rose tells of a progressive anthropologist who was stymied by non-Indigenous people in powerful positions. Sadly, it's a narrative that still resonates today.
© Musée des lettres et manuscrits, Paris
When translating The 120 Days of Sodom, we had a duty to be just as rude, crude, and revolting as Sade.
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All the popular monsters you'll see out trick-or-treating, from Frankenstein to Dracula, were born out of fear and anxiety about change and technology.
Sam Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, on the field prior to a 1984 National League playoff game.
No team in sports has inspired better literature than the hapless Chicago Cubs. The oeuvre includes a little-known tale by W.P. Kinsella: 'The Last Pennant Before Armageddon.'
The newfound celebrity.
Some advice to Man Booker winner Paul Beatty on how to cope with his newfound fame.
Anarchists old and new are populating film and TV a lot at the moment – reflecting the profound anxiety of the times.
What counts as literature? It's less to do with genre than we think.
Okri (left) and Liam Bell right)
University of Stirling/Jim Mailer
It begins and ends with tone, according to the Nigerian writer.
A portrait of Indian poet and musician Rabindranath Tagore.
In 1913, an Indian literary giant named Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-white person to win the literature prize. He wrote over 2,000 songs and, like Dylan's, they still resonate today.
Author Gabriel García Márquez – the first Colombian to win a Nobel prize, for literature – also dreamed of peace.
From the yellow butterflies of his 'Hundred Years of Solitude' to his Nobel acceptance speech, author Gabriel García Márquez remains ever present in his country's peace process.
The gender of the writer can cause some readers to change their analysis of a novel.
The unmasking of Charlotte Brontë changed the way that her books were read.
The acclaimed Neapolitan series.
The unmasking of the real author of the Neapolitan series was an act of vandalism.
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The young adult novel "Eleanor & Park" is a frequent target for book challengers. But swears and sex aside, there's something deeply subversive – and important – about this controversial book.
Carl Rahl’s Orestes Pursued by the Furies (1852).
The tale of a married woman who joins her lover in Paris, The Beauties and Furies is a modernist classic. Like Joyce's Ulysses, the action is concentrated in one city, but dreams are nightmarish in this city of night, not light.