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This year’s competition includes a more eclectic range of writers than perhaps we’ve become used to.
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A volcanic eruption in 1815 triggered a year without a summer – prompting a flowering of nature writing that is all too relevant today.
A book about drug addiction and prostitution aimed at 'young adults' was a very daring thing 20 years ago.
Both Hamlet and ‘True Detective’‘s Rust Cohle make audiences wonder whether they’re deserving of sympathy or blame.
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The psychological complexity of Shakespeare's characters has rendered them timeless. Today, we see The Bard's influence in shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective.'
Today's employment crisis is as serious as the Great Depression – so why aren't we up in arms?
Waugh considering a younger self.
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Waugh spent his time at Oxford studying: not history, but the people who would populate his novels.
John Dryden by John Michael Wright, 1668.
Many literary greats have been religious outsiders, and reading them we can relate to our times. This is particularly the case with Dryden.
Jonathan Coe’s sales are four times higher in France than in the UK.
Jonathan Coe is under-read and underrated – in the UK. In France, his stinging social attacks on Britain are far more popular.
‘Alice thought the whole thing very absurd.’
The release of the long list has opened the gates to the annual torrents of literary hobnobbing.
Coming to a lecture theatre near you.
Fifty Shades of Grey and fan fic like it has reached the Ivy League.
Making sense of madness.
Carroll's pivotal children's classic offers a timeless mystery for generations to come.
The perfect spot for artistic contemplation.
Almost immediately after the battle, Waterloo became a tourist destination for contemplative souls.
Canterbury Tales mural (1939), Library of Congress.
The Refugee Tales is a modern reconstruction of Chaucer's classic pilgrimage – this time, telling the largely unspoken realities of immigration detention.
A new collection of essays explores the role of books in founding and dismantling The British empire.
Books have active political lives. They inspire social movements and bind people together. Books can stand as short-hand symbols for larger galaxies of ideas.
Bringing sexy back?
Obsessing about the bard's dashing good looks won't help us understand his works.
That’s no way to have a debate.
The PEN literary gala has been overshadowed by controversy.
A cartoonist’s impression of Trollope in 1872.
The Victorian author has a lot more to offer than you might think. Find out where to get started.
A 1964 Soviet stamp depicts William Shakespeare.
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Centuries before the internet, Shakespeare became a global phenomenon.
Books, bytes… and Babel?
Terry Pratchett and Jorge Luis Borges may have been the prophets of the future library.
Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, was an ardent defender of children’s literature, believing the works of Beatrix Potter to be equal to “the greatest English prose writers that have…