Edwina Preston pays tribute to the humble letter: from literary love letters to philosophical lessons to cherished family heirlooms. Letters impart lessons, reveal character – and are a form of art.
An uncompromising writer who wrote about the dark and light of postwar Japan
Franz Kafka was not well known during his lifetime, but his legacy provides a useful and necessary way to confront the current state of global affairs.
Many established poets published lockdown poems offering their perspective on the power of poetry to make sense of the pandemic.
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These new witches are rarely comparable to traditional dirty hags. The new witch is often beautiful, at once dark, gothic, ethereal and wild.
Here, possibly four centuries before women are given a significant voice in heroic poetry in Germany and Scandinavia, a queen speaks out in an English version of a Gothic story.
Polyglot texts — texts that use many languages — have become increasingly common as writers document struggles between regimes of European hegemony and decolonizing movements.
Abridged family versions of classic works aimed at children were published throughout the 20th century.
Victory City marks a return for Rushdie, who has not set a novel substantially on the Indian subcontinent for over a decade.
A photo beamed via a satellite from a smartphone is never the same as the description of a place the lover must try hard to imagine.
Not all writing about the soulmate is positive – an expert in the philosophy of love explains the concept’s thorny history.
The famous biblical book alludes to God only once. Historically, though, most interpreters have argued the poem’s about love between the divine and his people.
An expert in Dante and Schiaparelli explains how the fashion house’s new show transforms celebrities into the ‘new beasts’ of the Inferno.
An expert in the representation of the Holocaust on film explains the responsibility of the reader to educate themselves beyond the depth of a single work of fiction.
Is the writer’s appeal less about the power and complexity of his prose, and more about the view of him as a perennial underdog?
An expert discusses how much of his coauthored novels former president Bill Clinton wrote himself, compared to his wife and fellow novelist, Hillary Clinton.
A new biography of Jean Rhys, the Dominican-born author of Wide Sargasso Sea, pays close attention to her origins – but stops short of examining the colonial relations that are central to her story.
How Chaucer’s medieval Wife of Bath continues to make her voice heard
Writing from lived experience often has legitimacy, but autofiction has fictional elements that trouble the autobiographical pact.