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Writing Biography in the Digital Age

Another letter found buried in the archives: think of how the discovery of a little slip of paper covered in a quirky scrawl can suddenly light fires and get a bevy of scholars toiling away to reconsider an already-much-dissected literary life. 470 more words


Review: The Secret Woman by Victoria Holt

Anna Brett was born abroad in India but was sent to live in England with her spinster aunt, Charlotte, where she would be educated.

Anna’s parents promise that it will be a short stay only but when tragic circumstances occur, Anna finds herself stuck in England indefinitely. 857 more words


Jerry Harp on Yeats's "Lapis Lazuli"

Lapis Lazuli

Like the falcon in Yeats’s “The Second Coming,” his “Lapis Lazuli” turns and turns in a widening gyre, taking in a widening sweep of history.  1,011 more words

Prynne week: Biting the Air. Again.

I’d forgotten just how addictive paying attention to Prynne can be and make no apologies for continuing with the above in order to identify further ‘corridors of sense’. 1,529 more words


Snippet: Albert Manent, Critic, Poet, Scholar, Dies at 83

Albert Manent i Segimon (Premià de Dalt, 1930 – Barcelona, 2014) was a literary critic, poet and historian of literature. He held a Law degree as well as one in Catalan Philology, and actively opposed the Franco regime. 43 more words

Review: The Venetian Bargain by Marina Fiorato

When young Feyra wakes up late for her morning doctor ’rounds’ in the Sheikh’s harem she doesn’t realize that her tardiness will have dire consequences. 850 more words


"To make you see"—Essays on Conrad

I have always been a huge fan of Joseph Conrad; I even wrote my undergraduate honors thesis on Lord Jim. But it’s difficult for me to read him today because of the powerful sway (and negative effect) he has on my writing. 1,305 more words