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Mephisto

Mephisto FRANZ LISZT: MUSICIAN, CELEBRITY, SUPERSTAR, by Oliver Hilmes, translated by Stewart Spencer, Yale University Press, 2017. Reviewed by Stoddard Martin Where is the historian/biographer who can achieve something approaching pure objectivity? Who will try to comprehend how his subject … Continue reading

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Poems from a Silver Age

Poems from a Silver Age  P.Papinius Statius, Vol. I – Text; Vol. II – Translation; Vol. III – Secondary Apparatus; Thebaid and Achilleid (2007-8) by J.B. Hall, A.L. Ritchie and M.J. Edwards, Cambridge Scholars Publishers, reviewed by Darrell Sutton People should … Continue reading

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Vaulting Ambition

Vaulting Ambition Angela Ellis-Jones appreciates a long overdue tome GOTHIC FOR THE STEAM AGE, Gavin Stamp, Aurum Press, ISBN  978-1-78131-124-0 208pp, £30 Those of us who admire the Victorian age regret that we live in an era whose values and attitudes … Continue reading

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Last Post

Last Post Stoddard Martin enjoys Linda Kelly’s latest offering TALLEYRAND IN LONDON: The Master Diplomat’s Last Mission, by Linda Kelly, I. B. Tauris, £25 Linda Kelly is a pioneer in the genre of what one might call the non-fiction novella. … Continue reading

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Early and Later Medieval Scholasticism

Early and Later Medieval Scholasticism Darrell Sutton reviews new editions of timeless texts Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, 8 Vols. (2012). The Aquinas Institute for the Study of Sacred Doctrine; Cornelius à Lapide, The Great Commentary: I Corinthians & II Corinthians … Continue reading

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An Old Army in a New World Order

An Old Army in a New World Order Dr Frank Ellis crosses swords with Lord Dannatt Richard Dannatt, Boots on the Ground: Britain and her Army since 1945, vii + pp. 360, Notes, no Bibliography, Illustrations, Index, Profile Books, London, … Continue reading

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Labour’s Left Wing Bourbon

Labour’s Left Wing Bourbon Monty Skew reviews the new biography of Corbyn Comrade Corbyn: A very unlikely Coup: How Jeremy Corbyn Stormed to the Labour Leadership, Rosa Prince, Biteback Publishing, 2016, 1-84954-996-7 All MPs have to deal with the whips. … Continue reading

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Reflections of a Noble Savage

Reflections of a Noble Savage Gerry Dorrian goes cold turkey What is Wrong with US?: Essays in Cultural Pathology, Eric Coombes & Theodore Dalrymple (eds.), Imprint Academic, 2016, reviewed by Gerry Dorrian A drugs-worker in 2009, I posted Theodore Dalrymple’s Spectator … Continue reading

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When the Chips are Down

When the Chips are Down Stoddard Martin reviews a timely tome NINE LOVE LETTERS, by Gerald Jacobs. Quartet Books, £20 We are living through a neo-expressionistic, intolerant era. Famous lines come to mind: “The best lack all conviction, while the … Continue reading

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Get Acquainted with Augustine

Get Acquainted with Augustine  Darrell Sutton considers a new edition of the Confessions Ed. Carolyn J. B. Hammond. Augustine Confessions Vol I: Books 1-8, pp.413; Vol. II: Books 9-13, pp.446. Loeb Classical Library, LCL 26-27, (Cambridge: Harvard, 2014-2016). John Chrysostom … Continue reading

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