Writers like Virginia Woolf, Arthur Conan Doyle and J.M. Barrie suffered personal loss during the First World War. Their grief and insight helped readers with their own post-war collective grief.
The long, dark days of winter can be a particularly lonely time for some people. But hermits, in many religious traditions, often found joy in being alone.
Leigh Hunt is a nineteenth-century writer who grappled with the question: How can we celebrate and enjoy ourselves at this time of the year when there is so much misery in the world?
The first fully industrialised war prompted many to draw parallels between human society and the insect world.
In what ways do our sexual pleasures and fantasies inform the way we see the world?
From Tolstoy to Mark Twain, the most famous writers owe many words of thanks to their long-suffering wives.
Virginia Woolf's archive can be seen as a serious resource for research into the experience of hearing voices.
A new BBC drama follows the life and loves of Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf and centre of the famous Bloomsbury group.
Our expert reveals that modern coffee culture has its roots in 18th-century literature.