Such a Joy to Make Sense of Coleridge

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Richard Holmes ended the first volume of this biography, Coleridge: Early Visions, with a fascinating speculation. ‘Suppose Coleridge had indeed died, as he and his friends clearly expected he would, aged thirty-one, somewhere in the Mediterranean in 1804? Suppose his grave now lay, not in the leafy confines of Highgate Cemetery, but in the remote […]

Gave Mexico a Dream

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

For a man who is credited with finding a nation’s soul, the great Mexican painter Diego Rivera was no moral giant. For a start, he lied about almost everything – the date, time and circumstances of his birth, his name, his family history, his early life, his achievements and his intentions. He was born on […]

She Should Have Gone to Cambridge

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Rosie Johnston could have made rather a lot of money by writing a sensational account of her prison experiences and the events that led up to her being sent down. Instead she insisted on writing, for very much less money, this scrupulously sensation-free book, which she modestly hopes ‘might be of help to other female […]

Let Them Eat Gold

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

It may be a truth, universally acknowledged, that riches do not necessarily bring happiness; but one nevertheless feels they might alleviate some of the more irritating burdens. Anthony Sampson will almost certainly have hit the jackpot with The Midas Touch. Sampson is one of the most distinguished of this country’s post-war journalists. His early work […]

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter