This extraordinary 'mish-mash' opens up the creative workshop of Italy's great Romantic poet
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Saturday 22 June 2013
What do the following names have in common? Winston Churchill, Raymond Chandler, John Lennon, Muriel Spark, JB Priestley, F Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Daphne Du Maurier, Noël Coward?
Tuesday 16 April 2013
This was meant to be a state like any other: now it flouts international law
Wednesday 07 December 2011
Alice Oswald is published by Faber & Faber, whose profits were boosted for years by royalties from Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot. Eliot once worked at Lloyds Bank. Does Ms Oswald not feel sullied by the association with Lord Lloyd-Webber? Or by the evidence of Eliot's Mammon-worship?
Friday 21 October 2011
When Brodsky, in US exile from his native Russia, won the Nobel in 1987, he became the youngest literature laureate. But the Leningrad-born poet, critic, essayist and dissident, jailed young as a "social parasite" under Soviet law, had matured faster than most.
Sunday 10 July 2011
Her last album introduced the concept of Peyroux the full-blown auteur.
Saturday 21 May 2011
When John H Young published his Guide to the Manners, Etiquette and Deportment of the Most Refined Society in 1879, it became a bestseller in his native America.
Friday 24 December 2010
Acclaimed writer Gillian Clarke has been awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, Buckingham Palace announced today.
Sunday 14 November 2010
"Important" books can sometimes be a chore, so here is the author of a masterpiece with the pacing of a soap opera. The forgotten member of the Cecil Day-Lewis/WH Auden circle at Oxford in the 1920s, this dandyish vicar's son and disillusioned Marxist led a life packed with colour, incident and, by his own admission, lechery.
Friday 23 July 2010
Friday 09 July 2010
It is slightly frightening seeing a show when you know you are going to take over a role. Actors are like magpies – they pick everything up that they think is clever. Of course, you want to reinvent a role and not repeat what the previous actor did. The fact I have taken over from Richard Griffiths twice – both in The Habit of Art and The History Boys – mystifies me because we are very different.
Monday 05 July 2010
Friday 18 June 2010
Friday 18 June 2010
Aida, Royal Opera House, London<br/>Elegy for Young Lovers, Young Vic, London<br/>I Went to the House But Did Not Enter, Barbican Hall, London
Sunday 02 May 2010
Sunday 25 April 2010
At an inn in the Austrian Alps Hilda Mack waits for her husband. 40 years ago he went climbing without, it seems, declaring that he might be some time.
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