England’s much-loved comic writer has been recognised as a classic of 20th-century literature
Alcott would have been 184 today
When translating The 120 Days of Sodom, we had a duty to be just as rude, crude, and revolting as Sade
‘I am not ashamed to own that I think this rude bard of the North the greatest Poet that has ever existed,’ US founding father Thomas Jefferson wrote of the blind 3rd century Scottish poet Ossian, who was almost certainly made up in the 18th century
'The social world is complex and, although we humans are good at understanding others, we are not always that good; literary simulations help us to improve'
There is a lack of humanist studies in the universities of the Arab world, and an absence of the texts which flourished in the very golden age which Islamists so often proclaim
Her ‘saviour’ explains that Farro's subject matter was too foreign – and too white
'In this sense, we claim that books – like diamonds – are forever'
The reasons you should read the books some people want to see off the shelves
This excerpt spotlights the glorious Parisian nightlife of the 1920s
These books may help you become the worldly person you strive to be
Greenwell tells us a lot about the world and about ourselves through the story of his unnamed narrator
The book conjures an effect of ethereal beauty and unexpected humour, but, as the book wears on, meaning becomes increasingly elusive amid the narrative mazes
The event managed to pull in an impressive selection of top international authors… and me
In the fourth part of our series marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Antony Sher celebrates a pair of extraordinarily rich history plays
Midway through John le Carré’s The Night Manager (1993), the British intelligence services stage a mock kidnapping as a training exercise, building a fake restaurant staffed with actors and hiring a couple of professional New York gangsters to play the toughs.