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As the ODNB tells us, Dickens and Thackeray were “too different and too similar to ever really like each other”. Amid happier moments, their most notorious feud is the so-called...

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16.07.2015 London EC4

RAF Hawkinge, in Kent, was known during the Battle of Britain as the nearest major fighter base to Occupied Europe. The base had played its part in Operation Dynamo, the...

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Turning into Marchmont Street, we saw the flat at No 65 where William Empson lived in the late 1920s while writing Seven Types of Ambiguity. Shabby then, it has “come...

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The touch of a vanished hand

Edith Wharton’s fraught relationship with John Murray

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New Eurasians

How Russians have long reacted to revolution

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The Kensington Joyce

At the time of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, someone asked James Joyce, then living in Zurich, if he looked forward to Ireland's emergence as an independent country. "So...

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Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374) Italian poet Anonymous painter

Tell Laura I love her

Hugo Estenssoro explores the enduring relevance of Francesco Petrarch, the first modern man

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The silence of the Bertrams

“Did not you hear me ask him about the slave trade last night?” “I did and was in hopes the question would be followed up by others. It would have...