The art of recording a writer’s career will have to be reinvented to survive in the internet era

Alan Ryan’s colossal new history of political thought is an ambitious but engaging piece of scholarship

The global impact of World War I changed the arts forever. Its effects are still felt a century later

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

A closed-off dark age church in Rome reveals the true majesty of an often under-appreciated Byzantine tradition

The latest volume of T.S. Eliot’s letters provide agreeable shocks and reveals the travails of both his professional and love lives

Cameron’s sustained attempt to hide his gentlemanliness reflects wider society’s rejection of good moral conduct

The Wealth of Nations should not be seen as separate from Smith’s moral philosophy — it itself is a profoundly moral text

Comparing Pablo Picasso’s drawings to those of the Old Masters reveals his failure to master the basics of draughtsmanship

Delving into the various linguistic predicaments of Samuel Beckett reveals the beautiful complications of his writings.