Jeffrey Meyers

A writer diminished

"Defenders of Leonard Woolf’s wife, Virginia, have turned her into a heroine, even a victim, and diminished his formidable achievements"

Design for living and loving

The three lives of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus

Exiles fall out in La La Land

How Thomas Mann and Arnold Schoenberg quarreled in the irritable hothouse climate of the Los Angeles émigrés

Sylvia has the last wounding word

The second volume of Plath’s Letters begins with great happiness and poetic promise — and ends with the destruction of her marriage and her death

King Saul in his pomp — and dotage

Five wives and out? How Saul Bellow’s turbulent private life informed his novels

How Monet created motion pictures

The great Impressionist’s series of paintings of Rouen Cathedral prefigures the movies: his eye was the camera, his canvas the screen

Tormented prophets of apocalyptic art

Schiele and Soutine both used art to express pathological suffering and confront death

A portrait of the artists as a pair of young wastrels

Outsiders, gamblers, brawlers: Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon had a volatile friendship which flourished wildly but ended badly

The Devoted Disciple Of Wyndham Lewis

Hugh Gordon Porteus was a minor but engaging figure in London’s pre-war bohemia 

British Witnesses To Lenin’s Revolution

Five British writers were in Russia in 1917. Each one had his own story, but all were overwhelmed by the powerful tide of history

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"