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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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Imagination – it’s an Illusion

Imagination – it’s an Illusion Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope, Justin Welby, Bloomsbury Continuum, 2018, 300pp. Hardback, £16.99., reviewed by EDWARD DUTTON The Rev. Dr Malcolm Johnson, Rector of St Botolph’s, Aldgate, once remarked, ‘I see the Church of England … Continue reading

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Whither Ukraine?

Whither Ukraine? THE FOURTH REPUBLIC: Why Europe Needs Ukraine and Why Ukraine Needs Europe, Borys Lozhkin, Kyiv: Novyj Druk, 2016, reviewed by Stoddard Martin It is a principle nearly unarguable in the capitalist West that the ‘shock therapy’ delivered by … Continue reading

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Reflections on Opera

Reflections on Opera What Opera Means: Categories and Case-Studies, Christopher Wintle, edited by Kate Hopkins, Boydell & Brewer, 2018, 288 pp, pb., £15.99, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN Books on opera abound. Books on Wagner, alone, are said to be as … Continue reading

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Apocalypse, When?

Apocalypse, When? Pentti Linkola, Can Life Prevail?, 2011, Arktos Media, 204pp. trans. Eetu Rautio, hardback, £28, ISBN 1907166637, reviewed by Ed Dutton Every Finnish academic seems to have heard of Pentti Linkola (b. 1932), but he’s almost unknown outside the country’s … Continue reading

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Class Act

Class Act EVELYN WAUGH: A Life Revisited, Philip Eade, 2017, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £10.99, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN Middle class folk beyond a certain age in Britain and its cultural tributaries may recall a social order so cleverly depicted by … Continue reading

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The Revision, Revised Again

The Revision, Revised Again THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT, eds., D. Jongkind, P. J. Williams et al., produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge; published by Crossway and Cambridge University Press (2017), Pp. 526 I Every critical Greek New Testament must satisfy two … Continue reading

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A Donald, for the Educated Reader

A Donald, for the Educated Reader Jordan B. Peterson (2018), 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Allen Lane, 409pp. hardback, £20, reviewed by Dr Ed Dutton   The Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson exploded onto the mainstream in the … Continue reading

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