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?
Teaching 19th Century Literature was the title of the one-day event at the British Library aimed at teachers working with GCSE and A-levels students. However, since my students come to the UK with limited background on literature in the period and in a certain way I have to cover the ground that is equivalent to … More Teaching 19th century literature
As an exhibition of Blake’s paintings opens in Oxford, Philip Pullman reflects on how his poetry has influenced and intoxicated him for more than 50 years. ” Sometimes we find a poet, or a painter, or a musician who functions like a key that unlocks a part of ourselves we never knew was there. The … More Article: William Blake and me
Although written quite a while ago, Tomalin’s biography of Jane Austen has gained renewed prominence in the year in we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice. As it is the case with any biography, you may question the accuracy of some information and the writer’s analysis of events but … More ‘Jane Austen, A Life’ by Clare Tomalin
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Austen’s appeal endures. Today we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice and the book is still in the lists of the most read, celebrated, commented and loved works in the canon of English literature both at home and in many countries around the … More Pride & Prejudice: 200 years on