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August 2019, Issue 478 Richard Carwardine on Frederick Douglass * Piers Brendon on Enoch Powell's obsessions * John Keay on Partition * Norma Clarke on Mrs Delany * Paul Johnson on the influence of economists * Helen Bynum on skin and bones * Helen Pearson on how we spend our time * Tim Whitmarsh on a history of philosophy * Jay Parini on Auden's 'September 1, 1939' * Laura Freeman on fantastical art * Thomas Shippey on epics around Europe * Adam Douglas on shapeshifters * Zeb Soanes on weather forecasting * James Womack on Vasily Grossman * Salley Vickers on Deborah Eisenberg * Matt Rowland Hill on Salman Rushdie *  and much, much more…

Richard Carwardine

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

By David W Blight

Frederick Douglass – runaway slave, radical activist, brilliant orator and writer, tireless advocate for his race, political office-holder – lays claim to being the most influential African-American of all time. Certainly, no other black American life has been more remarkable or significant, and few other lives, black or white, have lent themselves, as did Douglass’s, to the publication of three separate and bestselling autobiographies, each of them an essential source for a biographer. In his mid-twenties, newly established as an abolitionist celebrity, he wrote Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, a dramatic account in simple but vivid prose of his twenty years as a Maryland slave... read more

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Piers Brendon

Enoch Powell: Politics and Ideas in Modern Britain

By Paul Corthorn

Enoch Powell was the quintessential clever fool. As a classical scholar and a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, he displayed dazzling intellectual gifts; in 1938, at the age of twenty-five, he became the youngest professor in the British Empire. A published poet, a talented clarinettist, a master of many languages, a translator of Herodotus and a devotee of Nietzsche, he enlisted as a private soldier... read more

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