English Literature

What Mansfield Park can tell us about contemporary politics

For all their admirable dedication, keepers of the Austen flame cannot be so protective

A forgotten novel offers insights into living with a deadly and dehumanising pandemic

There is frequent reporting of local news, often betraying a hobbit-like
preoccupation with the availability of beer

Deeply private, her elegant and sharply engaging writing has often been wrongly overlooked

The “Great English Ghost Story” offers a form of comfort and is rooted in the ache of nostalgia for a more elegant era

What arouses such fascination in this obscure literary figure?

The Narnia author deserves to be remembered as a seer and a sage

Now languishing in undeserved obscurity, Tobias Smollett should be remembered

John Milton’s Paradise Lost is the greatest poem in the English language, yet it seems to be fading slowly from public view. Who could write a new national epic?