In Oscar Wilde's novel, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray,' a painted portrait of the protagonist becomes ugly and twisted with age, much like Trump is represented as reflecting all of America's evils.
A new book contains much wisdom on the question of ageing and the search for meaning.
You might think he's the hero of his own story but the murder happy Hamlet is really an unconscionable brute.
Be they ghosts or her mind playing tricks? The uncertainty is the draw of the 1898 classic The Turn of the Screw.
From reading more to re-reading safe favourites, there are early signs that the COVID-19 has influenced how and what we are reading.
From medieval thinkers to James Baldwin, loving one's country has never meant you can't be critical of it too.
Written in 1929, this short, passionate book highlighting the silencing of women's voices continues to shape our culture.
We're supposed to suppress feelings of envy. But what if the kind spurred by school shutdowns, frontline work and cramped apartments are worth exploring – and acting upon?
Grammar is a set of tools to make meaning rather than a set of rules to follow. The difference is in how we teach it.
There are reasons many female writers chose to publish under male pseudonyms. Republishing their books under their female names denies them agency.
Interest in Black British writing has grown and shrunk since the late 1940s. Is the current wave going to crash like those before it?
Anaïs Nin’s erotica gets a 2020 update in this new television series.
The Women's Prize for Fiction has just published 25 literary works by female authors with their real names for the first time. Could we do the same for Miles Franklin and Henry Handel Richardson here?
Written between 1348 and 1353, the Decameron is a prescription for psychological survival, a way of mentally distancing from today's death counts and grim economic forecasts.
The radical hope we find in the arts, culture and literature is often a reflection of the times. Drawing from the past there are many examples of how dreams can become a form of resilience.
The author's novels, famous for their bleakly sociopathic depiction of American culture, testify to the insanity and abusiveness that surround us.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic book, first published in 1941, is a story of isolation, and seeing things anew.
Contrived plots, two-dimensional characters, ridiculous resolutions: the master of comic novels takes these elements and spins them into gold, bringing consolation during these grim times.
Published anonymously in 1811, the first of Jane Austen's novels throws light on life under COVID-19. It is the perfect lockdown read.
Books, movies and records that seem to challenge racism also subtly advance the idea that progress shouldn't happen too quickly.