Literary criticism

harold bloom

Harold Bloom finally betrays how little he really understood literature

November 19, 2020 8:22 am

Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader’s Mind Over a Universe of Death by Harold Bloom reviewed


Who are today’s fictional heroes?

December 19, 2019 9:00 am

The Hero by Lee Child reviewed


As well as being a mythic tale, Moby-Dick is a superb a guide to oceanography

October 31, 2019 10:08 am

Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick by Richard J. King reviewed

orwell nineteen eighty-four

How does today’s world compare with Orwell’s nightmare vision?

June 20, 2019 1:28 pm

The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four by Dorian Lynskey reviewed

little women

150 years on, what makes Little Women such an enduring classic?

October 18, 2018 3:49 pm

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why it Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux reviewed