Sunday Feb 17th, 2013

The tragic death of an actor

The farce is at its height: the old clown in the armchair is surrounded by whirling figures in outlandish doctors’ costumes, welcoming him into their brotherhood with a mock initiation ceremony. He takes the Latin oath: ‘Juro’, falters. His face crumples. The audience gasps – is something wrong? But the clown is grinning now, all is well, the dancing grows frenzied, the play rushes on to its… read more »

Wednesday Apr 16th, 2014

Money matters

Valerie Minogue on Émile Zola’s novel Money.
Tuesday Apr 1st, 2014

Sherlock Holmes’ beginnings

A previously untold tale?
Monday Mar 17th, 2014

An Irish literature reading list from Oxford World’s Classics

From Bram Stoker to J. M. Synge.
Monday Mar 3rd, 2014

William Godwin’s birthday

Do people at the end of the 18th century celebrate their birthdays?
Wednesday
Feb 26th, 2014

The great Oxford World’s Classics debate

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Friday
Feb 21st, 2014

Book vs movie: Thérèse Raquin and In Secret

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Tuesday
Feb 11th, 2014

Celebrating Charles Darwin’s birthday

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Saturday
Feb 1st, 2014

Wrecked on a desert island

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Wednesday
Jan 29th, 2014

Hal Gladfelder on The Beggar’s Opera and Polly

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Thursday
Jan 23rd, 2014

The Banks O’ Doon

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Wednesday
Dec 25th, 2013

Christmas quotations from Oxford World’s Classics

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Saturday
Nov 30th, 2013

Editing the classics, past and present

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Friday
Nov 15th, 2013

The uncanny Stephen Crane

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