Literature

The war poet Leslie Coulson has been undeservedly forgotten

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

A vintage volume of wine essays is worth savouring

Elizabeth Jane Howard showed deep emotional insights as a writer, but could not apply them to her own life

The magnificent palazzo where Disraeli’s Young England group used to gather is long gone, but its grounds have now been restored

How drunken disorientation propels Bel Ami‘s protagonist to self-advancement

Amos Oz’s new novel Judas embraces history, debate, and autobiography

Literary symposia from classical Athens to Muriel Spark

Death in Venice is the best book ever written about the nature of creative talent”

What is “enlightenment”, and did one happen in 18th-century Ireland?