Critique

There are at least three things wrong with the way the subject is taught at our universities today

The titans of modern Western thought were products of the civilisation they revolutionised

Despite the retreat from faith, many modern composers are inspired by true spirituality

The essays of Ferdinand Mount offer a conflicted but compelling account of national identity

Isaiah Berlin’s intellectual heirs are vital voices in an era that challenges liberal assumptions

All Edgar Speyer’s good works could not save him amid the hysteria of the First World War

Cocteau’s poetic protégé was a louche literary wunderkind the world lost too soon

Berlin’s vast correspondence is a true monument to European, Jewish and liberal civilisation

“English writers have fallen out of love with marriage, and I shared their scepticism — until now.”

The letters of the great writer reveal affairs with both sexes but also an intense intellectual and spiritual life