Articles of Note

In the 1930s, Auden got involved in the Spanish Civil War. It didn't go well, and he retreated to his poetry. Why? ?Poetry makes nothing happen?... more »

New Books

Fame is the basic demand of our age. Attention must be paid to tweets, posts, pictures. Literary fame is a different beast, though no less grubby... more »

Essays & Opinions

The history of literature is not tidy, and the path of the modern novel is particularly long and improbable. Can its origins be traced to Protestantism?... more »