In this article published in The Guardian to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, famous writers make the case for different novels, and even juvenilia. It is indeed ‘a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of the greatest English novelists’ (The Guardian, 2017); however, it could be argued that not all … More Article: Which is the greatest Jane Austen novel?
It is perhaps difficult for some people to understand why we are making such a big fuss of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. A friend of mine from the Middle-East asked me with a look of incredulity and amusement, ‘Are you celebrating 400 years after he died? What’s the point?’ My first reaction was … More Shakespeare 400
In this article Jonathan Bate discusses how Shakespeare was viewed by his contemporaries and how he come to be viewed as a poet who stood the taste of time to become the most revered writer in the English language. The article was originally published in 2007, but in the year we celebrate the 400th anniversary … More Article: A man for all ages
If anyone still has doubts about the relevance of Shakespeare in the 21st century, reading this article published in The Economist is very likely to dispel such doubts. It refers to a passage in a play called Sir Thomas More. It is believed Shakespeare was one of the four contributors to the text. The passage … More Article: Shakespeare and the refugees
Stuart Jeffries discusses the influence of the Black Country in the work of J.R.R Tolkien, especially in the creation of Mordor. The author explores how the ‘steelworks and blast furnaces of the West Midlands inspired The Lord of the Rings. Read The Guardian article here