David Womersley

Quotidian but Quite Quotable

This latest volume in the superb Cambridge edition of Beckett's letters discredits the writer's diffidence

Burke’s Enduring Brilliance

A new book shows how Edmund Burke's thoughts are still relevant to our present discontents

Enjoy the analysis, ignore the advice

Piketty's commitment to rational informed debate is laudable, but his remedies for inequality are not

The Bard and his Collaborators

The plays included in William Shakespeare and Others may fall outside the bard’s official canon, but many of them display the virtuoso hallmarks of the great man

The Zombie Argument that Refuses to Die

While it gives more credence to the naysayers than it should, Shakespeare Beyond Doubt excellently marshalls the evidence over the authorship of the bard's plays

Poet, Politician and Schemer

Too often Thomas Wyatt's poetry is ignored in favour of biography, but not in Susan Brigden's fantastic new study

This Strange and Contradictory Poet

Far from being a thoroughly aestheticised figure, John Keats had an active social conscience; his critics were suspicious of his radical politics

Nasty Business

Paradoxically, what is lost in the translation of Leviathan from English to Latin, reveals the real meaning of Hobbes's most quoted passage

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"