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Behold, Fake History

Behold, Fake History Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream, Sarah Churchwell, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018, £20, 356 pp., h.b., reviewed by Leslie Jones According to Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature in the School of Advanced … Continue reading

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Dante’s Wake

Dante’s Wake Ian Thomson, Dante’s Divine Comedy; A Journey Without End, Head of Zeus, £18.99, 2018, reviewed by Stoddard Martin Age after age has found Dante speaking to and for them. Ours may be another: we shall see. At present it … Continue reading

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Afua-centrism

Afua-centrism  Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, Afua Hirsch, Jonathan Cape, 2018, pp 318, reviewed by Bill Hartley What is it like to be the descendant of immigrants to Great Britain? Such a person may never have visited the home … Continue reading

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Eisner’s Choice – Reform or Revolution?

Eisner’s Choice – Reform or Revolution? Kurt Eisner, a Modern Life, Albert Earle Gurganus, Camden House, 2018, HB, 576 pp., reviewed by LESLIE JONES Kurt Eisner, a Modern Life, is a fitting title for this compelling biography of the campaigning journalist … Continue reading

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The New Oxford Annotated Bible

The New Oxford Annotated Bible 5thedition, Oxford University Press, fully revised and expanded, NRSV with Apocrypha. Pp. xxiii, 2416, ISBN: 978-0190276096. $95.00., reviewed by Darrell Sutton When Early Modern English was becoming the vernacular speech, Edward VI (1537-1553) removed restrictions … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Spins

Seven Deadly Spins Seven Types of Atheism, John Gray, Allen Lane, 2018, hb, £17.99, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN The well-known English philosopher and academic John Gray offers a tour d’horizon of the idea of atheism. For those who have trod this … Continue reading

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Eton Mess

Eton Mess                                          Posh Boys: How the English Public Schools Run Britain, by Robert Verkaik, One World Publications, 2018, pp 349, … Continue reading

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Antiquity Matters

Antiquity Matters Antiquity Matters, Frederic Raphael, Yale University Press, 2017, £20, 376 pp., $26.00, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN At first glance, this is a work of almost bewildering erudition. Reminded of Roberto Calasso’s Cadmus and Harmony, one prepares to sit … Continue reading

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White Lines

White Lines Freud, the Making of an Illusion, Frederick Crews, Henry Holt and Co., New York, 2017, pp 746, HB, US 40$, reviewed by LESLIE JONES Frederick Crews is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California. Once an … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Sister

Shakespeare’s Sister IN BYRON’S WAKE: The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron’s Wife and Daughter: Annabella Milbanke & Ada Lovelace, Miranda Seymour, Simon & Schuster, 2018, £25, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN What is it about Bryon that provokes such fascination? His self-possession, … Continue reading

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