Spain’s Forgotten Years

Posted on by David Gelber

This account of a socialist mayor hidden by his wife for thirty years after the Spanish Civil War was compiled just over ten years ago. It is now almost tempting to see the book as a prototype for Ronald Fraser’s subsequent masterpiece of oral history The Blood of Spain – undoubtedly the most innovative and […]

Remembered Chiefly For His ‘Wife’s’ Novels

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Except for his long, devoted, but unmarried liaison with Marian Evans, ‘George Eliot’, George Henry Lewes is little known nowadays. Rosemary Ashton’s thorough and well-written new biography recalls him as a considerable figure in the world of Victorian letters, adding a good deal to what we know of him from biographies and editions of George […]

Such a Darling When One Knew Him Well

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Contrary to popular belief, a great many traces survive from the life of William Shakespeare: entries in parish records, legal papers, at least one authenticated portrait, a few anecdotes (some apocryphal), and some interesting allusions in the writings of contemporaries – quite apart from the Sonnets, two narrative poems, and those 37-odd plays (most of […]

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