In his native country, the Left revere Arthur Miller as a paragon of liberal resistance to Cold War anticommunism, while the Right paint him as an overrated and subversive playwright who traded on his public relationship with Marilyn Monroe to earn an unwarranted reputation. The man who emerges from Christopher Bigsby’s well-written and very readable biography, however, is more complex than either of these caricatures.
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'Thirkell was a product of her time and her class. For her there are no sacred cows, barring those that win ribbons at the Barchester Agricultural.'
The novelist Angela Thirkell is due a revival, says Patricia T O'Conner (£).
'Only in Britain, perhaps, could spy chiefs – conventionally viewed as masters of subterfuge – be so highly regarded as ethical guides.'
In this month's Bookends, @AdamCSDouglas looks at the curious life of Henry Labouchere: a friend of Bram Stoker, 'loose cannon', and architect of the law that outlawed homosexual activity in Britain.