Beauty & Beastliness

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Thanks to the rich imagination of the animators at Walt Disney, the fairy tale of Snow White, her wicked stepmother and the seven dwarfs who harbour her hardly needs an introduction. In Disney’s cartoon version, Snow White is the original princess of modern childhood: huge-eyed, costumed from the dressing-up box of European folklore, both victim and heroine; a perfect

His Own Nemesis

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

He generally made a good first impression. ‘Met Philip Roth,’ Joyce Carol Oates wrote in her journal in May 1974. ‘Attractive, funny, warm, gracious: a completely likeable person.’ The American writer Janet Hobhouse, who depicted Roth as Jack Sprat in her very autobiographical novel The Furies, recalled ‘an irresistible physical presence – tall, slender, with broad

The Star-Spangled Bard

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

‘This Shakespeare is really somethin’,’ growled Jerry Lee Lewis after playing Iago in Catch My Soul, a 1968 musical adaptation of Othello. Americans have generally agreed with the Killer (whose performance, by the way, got rave notices: the Toronto Daily Star found him ‘genuinely diabolical’). Shakespeare has been wildly popular in America for a long […]

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