Category Archives: England

A Dance To The Music Of Time

Anthony Powell never wrote a memorable sentence, but this 12-volume work is filled with important observations, such as this one in book two: “I USED TO IMAGINE life divided into separate compartments, consisting, for example, of such dual abstractions as … Continue reading

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The Intellectuals and the Masses: Pride and Prejudice Among the Literary Intelligentsia 1880-1939

John Carey writes in this 1993 book: * This book is about the response of the English literary intelligentsia to the new phenomenon of mass culture. It argues that modernist literature and art can be seen as a hostile reaction … Continue reading

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Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941

Here are some highlights of this fantastic 2020 book by professor Alan Allport: * Lewis wondered, though, if critics would interpret The Lord of the Rings as a political satire about contemporary Europe, rather than as the timeless mythopoeic fantasy … Continue reading

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The Pen and the Cross: Catholicism and English Literature 1850 – 2000

Richard Griffiths writes in this 2010 book: * The concerns of English Catholic literature on the whole failed to mirror those of its French equivalent. The reason for this lies mainly in the position, and history, of the Catholic Church … Continue reading

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NYT: Does Who You Are at 7 Determine Who You Are at 63?

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