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Frank Kermode, who died on 17 August 2010 at the age of 90, was the author of many books, including Romantic Image (1957), The Sense of an Ending (1967) and Shakespeare’s Language (2000). He was the Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge University. He inspired the founding of the London Review in 1979, and wrote more than 200 pieces for the paper.

  • 27 May 2010 Improving the Story: Philip Pullman’s Jesus
    • The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
  • 13 May 2010 Eliot and the Shudder
  • 25 March 2010 Our Supersubstantial Bread: God’s Plot
    • A History of Christianity: The First 3000 Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • 28 January 2010 Topping Entertainment: Britten
    • Journeying Boy: The Diaries of the Young Benjamin Britten edited by John Evans
  • 5 November 2009 Theophany: William Golding
    • William Golding: The Man Who Wrote ‘Lord of the Flies’ by John Carey
  • 8 October 2009 Fictioneering: J.M. Coetzee
    • Summertime by J.M. Coetzee
  • 10 September 2009 Mistress of Disappearances: Eluding Muriel Spark
    • Muriel Spark: The Biography by Martin Stannard
  • 14 May 2009 Exercises and Excesses: Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 30 April 2009 Too Good and Too Silly: Could Darcy Swim?
    • The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen. Vol. IX: Later Manuscripts edited by Janet Todd and Linda Bree
    • Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman
  • 23 October 2008 Hysterical Vigour
    • Indignation by Philip Roth
  • 25 September 2008 Sly Digs: E.M. Forster as Critic
    • ‘The Creator as Critic’ and Other Writings by E.M. Forster, edited by Jeffrey Heath
  • 17 July 2008 The Daughter Who Hated Her: Doris Lessing
    • Alfred and Emily by Doris Lessing
  • 5 June 2008 Offered to the Gods: Sacrifice
    • Culture and Sacrifice: Ritual Death in Literature and Opera by Derek Hughes
  • 20 March 2008 Did It Happen on 9 April. the Resurrection
    • The Resurrection by Geza Vermes
  • 7 February 2008 With Slip and Slapdash: Auden’s Prose
    • The Complete Works of W.H. Auden. Vol. III: Prose, 1949-55 edited by Edward Mendelson
  • 13 December 2007 Not Just Yet: The Literature of Old Age
    • The Long Life by Helen Small
  • 5 July 2007 Nothing for Ever and Ever: Housman’s Pleasures
    • The Letters of A.E. Housman edited by Archie Burnett
  • 10 May 2007 Fiction and E.M. Forster: At the Cost of Life
  • 8 March 2007 Who has the gall. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Bernard O’Donoghue
    • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Simon Armitage
  • 4 January 2007 Was it a supernova. the Nativity
    • The Nativity: History and Legend by Geza Vermes
  • 16 November 2006 ‘Disgusting’: remembering William Empson
    • William Empson. Vol. II: Against the Christians by John Haffenden
  • 5 October 2006 Going Against: Is There a Late Style?
    • On Late Style: Music and Literature Against the Grain by Edward Said
    • Late Thoughts: Reflections on Artists and Composers at Work edited by Karen Painter and Thomas Crow
  • 7 September 2006 ‘It’s the way people like us don’t talk’: Andrew Motion’s Boyhood
    • In the Blood: A Memoir of My Childhood by Andrew Motion
  • 6 April 2006 Flinch Wince Jerk Shirk: Christine Brooke-Rose
    • Life, End of by Christine Brooke-Rose
  • 5 January 2006 Blackening: Doubting Thomas
    • Doubting Thomas by Glenn Most
  • 6 October 2005 Here she is: Zadie Smith
    • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • 22 September 2005 A Hammer in His Hands: Lowell’s Letters
    • The Letters of Robert Lowell edited by Saskia Hamilton
  • 23 June 2005 Yearning for the ‘Utile’: Snobbery and John Carey
    • What Good Are the Arts? by John Carey
  • 19 May 2005 The Savage Life: The Adventures of William Empson
    • William Empson: Vol. I: Among the Mandarins by John Haffenden
  • 21 April 2005 Outrageous Game: Ishiguro’s Nightmares
    • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 17 March 2005 A Very Smart Bedint: Harold Nicolson
    • Harold Nicolson by Norman Rose
  • 6 January 2005 Our Muddy Vesture
    • William Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ directed by Michael Radford
  • 16 December 2004 Manufactured Humbug: a great forger of the nineteenth century
    • John Payne Collier: Scholarship and Forgery in the 19th Century by Arthur Freeman and Janet Ing Freeman
  • 4 November 2004 Why didn’t he commit suicide. Reviewing T.S. Eliot
    • T.S. Eliot: The Contemporary Reviews by Jewel Spears Brooker
  • 5 August 2004 Retripotent: B. S. Johnson
    • Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of B.S. Johnson by Jonathan Coe
    • ‘Trawl’, ‘Albert Angelo’ and ‘House Mother Normal’ by B.S. Johnson
  • 4 March 2004 Clutching at Insanity: Winnicott and psychoanalysis
    • Winnicott: Life and Work by Robert Rodman
  • 22 January 2004 The Sacred Cause of Idiom: Lady Gregory
    • Lady Gregory's Toothbrush by Colm Tóibín
  • 23 October 2003 Hard Labour: Marvell beneath the Notes
    • The Poems of Andrew Marvell edited by Nigel Smith
  • 19 June 2003 Closets of Knowledge: Privacy
    • Privacy: Concealing the 18th-Century Self by Patricia Meyer Spacks
  • 6 February 2003 Reticulation: Wordsworth at Sea
    • The Wreck of the ‘Abergavenny’ by Alethea Hayter
  • 28 November 2002 Snarling: Angry Young Men
    • The Angry Young Men: A Literary Comedy of the 1950s by Humphrey Carpenter
  • 17 October 2002 To Kill All Day: Amis’s Terrible News
    • Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million by Martin Amis
  • 22 August 2002 Lager and Pernod: Alan Warner
    • The Man Who Walks by Alan Warner
  • 11 July 2002 Pillors of Fier: Anthony Burgess
    • Nothing like the Sun: reissue by Anthony Burgess
  • 23 May 2002 Reports from the Not Too Distant Canon
    • The Invasion Handbook by Tom Paulin
  • 25 April 2002 In the Spirit of Mayhew: Rohinton Mistry
    • Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
  • 14 January 2002 Zounds: Blasphemy
    • Blasphemy: Impious Speech in the West from the 17th to the 19th Century by Alain Cabantous, translated by Eric Rauth
  • 4 October 2001 Point of View: Atonement by Ian McEwan
    • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • 6 September 2001 What Naipaul knows: V.S. Naipaul
    • Half a Life by V.S. Naipaul
  • 21 June 2001 Meaningless Legs: John Gielgud
    • Gielgud: A Theatrical Life 1904-2000 by Jonathan Croall
    • John G. The Authorised Biography of John Gielgud by Sheridan Morley
    • John Gielgud: An Actor’s Life by Gyles Brandreth
  • 10 May 2001 Nutmegged: The War against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 by Martin Amis.
    • The War against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 by Martin Amis
  • 8 March 2001 The Small Noise Upstairs: Don DeLillo
    • The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
  • 22 February 2001 Maximum Assistance from Good Cooking, Good Clothes, Good Drink: Auden’s Shakespeare
    • Lectures on Shakespeare by W.H. Auden, edited by Arthur Kirsch
  • 25 January 2001 Playing the Seraphine: Penelope Fitzgerald
    • The Means of Escape: Stories by Penelope Fitzgerald
  • 14 December 2000 At Tate Britain: William Blake
  • 30 November 2000 Motoring: James Lees-Milne
    • Deep Romantic Chasm: Diaries 1979-81 by James Lees-Milne, edited by Michael Bloch
    • A Mingled Measure: Diaries 1953-72 by James Lees-Milne
    • Ancient as the Hills: Diaries 1973-74 by James Lees-Milne
  • 19 October 2000 No Tricks: Raymond Carver
    • Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Prose by Raymond Carver
  • 22 June 2000 The heart of standing is you cannot fly: Empson and Obscurity
    • The Complete Poems of William Empson edited by John Haffenden
  • 27 April 2000 How did we decide what Christ looked like. How Jesus Got His Face
    • The Image of Christ edited by Gabriele Finaldi
  • 20 January 2000 Funny Water: Raban at Sea
    • Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings by Jonathan Raban
  • 9 December 1999 Writing about Shakespeare
  • 11 November 1999 Complicated Detours: Darwin’s Worms by Adam Phillips
    • Darwin's Worms by Adam Phillips
  • 28 October 1999 Charging Downhill: Michael Holroyd
    • Basil Street Blues: A Family Story by Michael Holroyd
  • 30 September 1999 Bonjour Sagesse: Claire Messud
    • The Last Life by Claire Messud
  • 15 July 1999 Out of Sight, out of Mind: A.J. Ayer’s Winning Ways
    • A.J. Ayer: A Life by Ben Rogers
  • 27 May 1999 Diary: being a critic
  • 15 April 1999 ‘Message from your wife, sir.’ ‘Not now.’ ‘She says: “Have nothing to do with this just man”’: A Pointless Book about Pilate
    • Pilate: The Biography of an Invented Man by Ann Wroe
  • 21 January 1999 Overflow: John Updike
    • Beck at Bay: A Quasi-Novel by John Updike
  • 12 November 1998 Paint Run Amuck: Jack Yeats
    • Jack Yeats by Bruce Arnold
  • 15 October 1998 O How Unlike the Father: Bad Father, Good Son
    • The Alternative Trinity: Gnostic Heresy in Marlowe, Milton and Blake by A.D. Nuttall
  • 16 April 1998 First Pitch: Marianne Moore
    • The Selected Letters of Marianne Moore edited by Bonnie Costello and Celeste Goodridge et al
  • 19 March 1998 Enemy of the Enemies of Truth: The history of the footnote
    • The Footnote: A Curious History by Anthony Grafton
  • 22 January 1998 Toe-Lining
    • Shakespeare’s Troy: Drama, Politics and the Translation of Empire by Heather James
  • 16 October 1997 Pooka
    • Jack Maggs by Peter Carey
  • 18 September 1997 For a Few Dollars More
    • Frozen Desire: An Inquiry into the Meaning of Money by James Buchan
  • 5 June 1997 Gossip
    • The Untouchable by John Banville
  • 3 April 1997 Under the Loincloth
    • The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion by Leo Steinberg
  • 20 March 1997 What he did
    • W.B. Yeats: A Life. Vol. I: The Apprentice Mage by R.F. Foster
  • 6 February 1997 Grandiose Moments
    • Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life, Vol. II by Max Saunders
  • 2 January 1997 My Man
    • Judas: Betrayer or Friend of Jesus by William Klassen
  • 14 November 1996 A Turn of Events
    • Reality and Dreams by Muriel Spark
  • 31 October 1996 The cars of the elect will be driverless
    • Omens of the Millennium by Harold Bloom
  • 17 October 1996 England’s Troubles
    • The Scent of Dried Roses by Tim Lott
  • 5 September 1996 Not His Type
    • About Modern Art: Critical Essays 1948-96 by David Sylvester
  • 1 August 1996 Marshy Margins
    • The True Story of the Novel by Margaret Anne Doody
  • 6 June 1996 Floating Hair v. Blue Pencil
    • Revision and Romantic Authorship by Zachary Leader
  • 4 April 1996 Cad
    • Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude by Ray Monk
  • 21 March 1996 Dis-Grace
    • In the Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike
  • 7 March 1996 Improving the Plays
    • Shakespeare at Work by John Jones
  • 22 February 1996 The Spree
    • The Feminisation of American Culture by Ann Douglas
    • Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the Twenties by Ann Douglas
  • 25 January 1996 A Likely Story
    • Howard Hodgkin: Paintings by Michael Auping, John Elderfield and Susan Sontag, edited by Maria Price
    • Howard Hodgkin by Andrew Graham-Dixon
  • 14 December 1995 My Mad Captains
  • 30 November 1995 My Mad Captains
  • 2 November 1995 Staggering
    • Roy Fuller: Writer and Society by Neil Powell
  • 5 October 1995 Dark Fates
    • The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
  • 24 August 1995 Even paranoids have enemies
    • F.R. Leavis: A Life in Criticism by Ian MacKillop
  • 6 July 1995 The Guilt Laureate
    • The Double Tongue by William Golding
  • 8 June 1995 Gaiety
    • Angus Wilson by Margaret Drabble
  • 11 May 1995 Liveried
    • John Gay: A Profession of Friendship. A Critical Biography by David Nokes
  • 22 December 1994 Strange, Sublime, Uncanny, Anxious
    • The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages by Harold Bloom
  • 10 November 1994 Made in Heaven
    • Frieda Lawrence by Rosie Jackson
    • The Married Man: A Life of D.H. Lawrence by Brenda Maddox
    • Kangaroo by D.H. Lawrence, edited by Bruce Steele
    • Twilight in Italy and Other Essays by D.H. Lawrence, edited by Paul Eggert
  • 20 October 1994 My Mad Captains
  • 22 September 1994 Yoked together
    • History: The Home Movie by Craig Raine
  • 21 July 1994 Breeding
    • The Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner edited by Claire Harman
    • Sylvia and David: The Townsend Warner/Garnett Letters edited by Richard Garnett
  • 28 April 1994 With the Aid of a Lorgnette
    • The Lure of the Sea by Alain Corbin, translated by Jocelyn Phelps
    • The Foul and the Fragrant: Odour and the French Social Imagination by Alain Corbin, translated by Miriam Kochan
  • 24 February 1994 This Charming Man
    • The Collected and Recollected Marc edited by Mark Amory
  • 27 January 1994 Disintegration
    • The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry by T.S. Eliot, edited by Ronald Schuchard
  • 4 November 1993 Dangerous Faults
    • Shear by Tim Parks
  • 9 September 1993 Big Fish
    • Tell Them I’m on my Way by Arnold Goodman
    • Not an Englishman: Conversations with Lord Goodman by David Selbourne
  • 22 July 1993 Cold Feet
    • Essays on Renaissance Literature. Vol. I: Donne and the New Philosophy by William Empson, edited by John Haffenden
    • William Empson: The Critical Achievement edited by Chistopher Norris and Nigel Mapp
  • 13 May 1993 Another Mother
    • Morgan: A Biography of E.M. Forster by Nicola Beauman
  • 11 February 1993 Hawkesbiz
    • Meaning by Shakespeare by Terence Hawkes
    • Shakespeare’s Professional Career by Peter Thomson
    • Shakespeare’s Mouldy Tales by Leah Scragg
    • Reading Shakespeare’s Characters by Christy Desmet
    • Bit Parts in Shakespeare’s Plays by Molly Mahood
  • 22 October 1992 Differences
    • The Jew’s Body by Sander Gilman
    • Shylock: Four Hundred Years in the Life of a Legend by John Gross
    • Faultlines: Cultural Materialism and the Politics of Dissident Reading by Alan Sinfield
  • 8 October 1992 Wannabee
    • Sacred Country by Rose Tremain
  • 24 September 1992 Apocalyptic Opacity
    • The End of the Century at the End of the World by C.K. Stead
  • 10 September 1992 A Dingy Start to the Day
    • Kingsley Amis: Modern Novelist by Dale Salwak
    • London Calling: V.S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin by Rob Nixon
  • 6 August 1992 Avoiding Colin
    • Moral Literacy: Or how to do the right thing by Colin McGinn
    • The Space Trap by Colin McGinn
  • 25 June 1992 Asyah and Saif
    • In the Eye of the Sun by Ahdaf Soueif
  • 11 June 1992 Making a start
    • Openings: Narrative Beginnings from the Epic to the Novel by A.D. Nuttall
  • 14 May 1992 Sacrifice
    • The Gonne-Yeats Letters, 1893-1938 edited by Anna MacBride White and A. Norman Jeffares
  • 5 December 1991 Part and Pasture
    • Collected Poems by Henry Reed, edited with an introduction by Jon Stallworthy
  • 21 November 1991 Theory and Truth
    • Minor Prophecies: The Literary Essay in the Culture Wars by Geoffrey Hartman
    • Spinoza and the Origins of Modern Critical Theory by Christopher Norris
    • What’s wrong with Postmodernism: Critical Theory and the Ends of Philosophy by Christopher Norris
  • 7 November 1991 Off the edge
    • Musical Elaborations by Edward Said
  • 24 October 1991 Cockaigne
    • Orwell: The Authorised Biography by Michael Shelden
  • 26 September 1991 Molly’s Methuselah
    • Bernard Shaw. Vol. III: 1918-1950, The Lure of Fantasy by Michael Holroyd
  • 12 September 1991 In reverse
    • Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
  • 29 August 1991 Britten when young
    • Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten Vol. I 1923-39, Vol. II 1939-45 edited by Donald Mitchell and Philip Reed
  • 9 May 1991 Elizabeth’s Chamber
    • The Infection of Thomas De Quincey: A Psychopathology of Imperialism by John Barrell
  • 25 April 1991 Georgie came, Harry went
    • A Passionate Apprentice. The Early Journals of Virginia Woolf, 1897-1909 edited by Mitchell Leaska
    • A Very Close Conspiracy: Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf by Jane Dunn
  • 7 March 1991 Vérités Bergères
    • Lilac and Flag by John Berger
  • 21 February 1991 Is writing bad for you?
    • Writer’s Block by Zachary Leader
  • 7 February 1991 After the Woolwich
    • Spanner and Pen: Post-War Memoirs by Roy Fuller
  • 24 January 1991 Young Marvin
    • A Tenured Professor by John Kenneth Galbraith
    • Shade those laurels by Cyril Connolly and Peter Levi
  • 10 January 1991 Hail to the Chief
    • Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture by Stephen Greenblatt
  • 11 October 1990 Our Fault
    • Our Age: Portrait of a Generation by Noël Annan
  • 27 September 1990 Saving the Streams of Story
    • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
  • 28 June 1990 Dangerous Liaisons
    • Ford Madox Ford by Alan Judd
  • 24 May 1990 Modern Masters
    • Where I fell to Earth: A Life in Four Places by Peter Conrad
    • May Week was in June by Clive James
  • 19 April 1990 Gloom without Doom
    • Letters of Leonard Woolf edited by Frederic Spotts
  • 5 April 1990 Who can blame him?
    • Critical Terms for Literary Study edited by Frank Lentricchia and Thomas McLaughlin
    • The Ideology of the Aesthetic by Terry Eagleton
  • 8 February 1990 That was another planet
    • Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
  • 11 January 1990 Between centuries
    • In the Nineties by John Stokes
    • Olivia Shakespear and W.B. Yeats by John Harwood
    • Letters to the New Island by W.B. Yeats, edited by George Bornstein and Hugh Witemeyer
    • The Letters of Ezra Pound to Margaret Anderson: The ‘Little Review’ Correspondence edited by Thomas Scott, Melvin Friedman and Jackson Bryer
    • Ezra Pound and Margaret Cravens: A Tragic Friendship, 1910-1912 edited by Omar Pound and Robert Spoo
    • Postcards from the End of the World: An Investigation into the Mind of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna by Larry Wolff
    • Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins
    • Esprit de Corps: The Art of the Parisian Avant-Garde and the First World War, 1916-1925 by Kenneth Silver
  • 26 October 1989 Talk about doing
    • Against Deconstruction by John Ellis
    • The New Historicism by H. Aram Veeser
    • Rethinking Historicism: Critical Essays in Romantic History by Marjorie Levinson, Marilyn Butler, Jerome McGann and Paul Hamilton
    • Towards a Literature of Knowledge by Jerome McGann
    • The Stoic in Love: Selected Essays on Literature and Ideas by A.D. Nuttall
  • 12 October 1989 Power-Seeker
    • Bernard Shaw. Vol. II: The Pursuit of Power by Michael Holroyd
  • 28 September 1989 Talking about Shakespeare
    • Young Hamlet: Essays on Shakespeare’s Tragedies by Barbara Everett
    • ‘Timon of Athens’ by A.D. Nuttall
  • 27 July 1989 Yesterday
    • The Pleasures of Peace: Art and Imagination in Post-War Britain by Bryan Appleyard
  • 22 June 1989 Stowaway Woodworm
    • A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes
  • 4 May 1989 Southern Virtues
    • A Turn in the South by V.S. Naipaul
    • Allen Tate: A Recollection by Walter Sullivan
    • Self-Consciousness by John Updike
  • 20 April 1989 Diary
  • 16 March 1989 Paul de Man’s Abyss
    • Wartime Journalism, 1939-1943 by Paul de Man, edited by Werner Hamacher, Neil Hertz and Thomas Keenan
    • Critical Writings 1953-1978 by Paul de Man, edited by Lindsay Waters
    • Paul de Man: Deconstruction and the Critique of Aesthetic Ideology by Christopher Norris
    • Reading de Man Reading edited by Lindsay Waters and Wlad Godzich
  • 2 March 1989 Third World
  • 29 September 1988 Feast of St Thomas
    • Eliot’s New Life by Lyndall Gordon
    • The Letters of T.S. Eliot edited by Valerie Eliot
    • The Poetics of Impersonality by Maud Ellmann
    • T.S. Eliot and the Philosophy of Criticism by Richard Shusterman
    • ‘The Men of 1914’: T.S. Eliot and Early Modernism by Erik Svarny
    • Eliot, Joyce and Company by Stanley Sultan
    • The Savage and the City in the Work of T.S. Eliot by Robert Crawford
    • T.S. Eliot: The Poems by Martin Scofield
  • 15 September 1988 Georgian eyes are smiling
    • Bernard Shaw. Vol. I: The Search for Love, 1856-1898 by Michael Holroyd
    • Bernard Shaw: Collected Letters. Vol. IV edited by Dan Laurence
    • Shaw: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies. Vol. VIII edited by Stanley Weintraub
    • Shaw’s Sense of History by J.L. Wisenthal
    • Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad. Vol. III: 1903-1907 edited by Frederick Karl and Laurence Davies
    • Joseph Conrad: ‘Nostromo’ by Ian Watt
  • 7 July 1988 Half-Way up the Hill
    • Young Betjeman by Bevis Hillier
  • 2 June 1988 Strait is the gate
    • Gorbals Boy at Oxford by Ralph Glasser
  • 21 April 1988 Return to the Totem
    • William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion by Stanley Wells, Gary Taylor, John Jowett and William Montgomery
    • Disowning Knowledge in Six Plays of Shakespeare by Stanley Cavell
    • A History of English Literature by Alastair Fowler
  • 17 March 1988 Sic transit Marshall McLuhan
    • Letters of Marshall McLuhan edited by Matie Molinaro, Corinne McLuhan and William Toye
  • 12 November 1987 Out of the jiffybag
    • For Love and Money: Writing, Reading, Travelling 1969-1987 by Jonathan Raban
    • Original Copy: Selected Reviews and Journalism 1969-1986 by John Carey
  • 29 October 1987 A Little of this Honey
    • Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann
  • 25 June 1987 Taken aback
    • Close Quarters by William Golding
  • 21 May 1987 How do you spell Shakespeare?
    • William Shakespeare. The Complete Works: Original-Spelling Edition edited by Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor
    • William Shakespeare: The Complete Works edited by Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor
  • 19 March 1987 Big John
    • Little Wilson and Big God by Anthony Burgess
  • 5 February 1987 Protonymphet
    • The Enchanter by Vladimir Nabokov, translated by Dmitri Nabokov
  • 22 January 1987 Everett’s English Poets
    • Poets in Their Time: Essays on English Poetry from Donne to Larkin by Barbara Everett
  • 4 December 1986 Diary
  • 20 November 1986 On a Chinese Mountain
    • The Royal Beasts by William Empson
    • Essays on Shakespeare by William Empson
  • 24 July 1986 J’Accuzi
    • The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America by Martin Amis
  • 5 June 1986 Past-Praiser
    • Dear Shadows: Portraits from Memory by John Wain
    • The Oxford Library of English Poetry edited by John Wain
  • 22 May 1986 Modernisms
    • Pound, Yeats, Eliot and the Modernist Movement by C.K. Stead
    • The Myth of Modernism and 20th-century Literature by Bernard Bergonzi
    • The Innocent Eye: On Modern Literature and the Arts by Roger Shattuck
  • 17 April 1986 Hemingway Hunt
    • Along with Youth: Hemingway, the Early Years by Peter Griffin
    • The Young Hemingway by Michael Reynolds
    • Hemingway: A Biography by Jeffrey Meyers
  • 5 December 1985 Spender’s Purges
    • Collected Poems 1928-1985 by Stephen Spender
    • A Version of the Oedipus Trilogy of Sophocles by Stephen Spender
    • Journals 1939-1983 by Stephen Spender, edited by John Goldsmith
  • 19 September 1985 Lawrence and Burgess
    • Flame into Being: The Life and Work of D.H. Lawrence by Anthony Burgess
    • The Kingdom of the Wicked by Anthony Burgess
  • 5 September 1985 Losers
    • Family and Friends by Anita Brookner
  • 6 June 1985 Major and Minor
    • The Oxford Companion to English Literature edited by Margaret Drabble
  • 7 February 1985 Westward Ho
    • The Letters of D.H. Lawrence. Vol. III: October 1916 - June 1921 edited by James Boulton and Andrew Robertson
    • Brett: From Bloomsbury to New Mexico by Sean Hignett
  • 6 December 1984 Victorian Vocations
    • Frederic Harrison: The Vocations of a Positivist by Martha Vogeler
    • Leslie Stephen: The Godless Victorian by Noël Annan
  • 20 September 1984 Old Testament Capers
    • The Only Problem by Muriel Spark
  • 19 July 1984 Sunday Mornings
    • Desmond MacCarthy: The Man and his Writings by David Cecil
  • 21 June 1984 Under threat
    • Tributes: Interpreters of our Cultural Tradition by E.H. Gombrich
  • 19 April 1984 Jogging in the woods at Bellagio
    • Small World by David Lodge
  • 5 April 1984 The Purser’s Tale
    • Home and Dry: Memoirs III by Roy Fuller
  • 1 March 1984 Superplot
    • The Paper Men by William Golding
    • William Golding: A Critical Study by Mark Kinkead-Weekes and Ian Gregor
  • 2 February 1984 Canons
    • Holy Scripture: Canon, Authority, Criticism by James Barr
    • Structuralist Interpretations of Biblical Myth by Edmund Leach and D. Alan Aycock
  • 17 November 1983 Conrad’s Complaint
    • The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad. Vol. I: 1861-1897 edited by Frederick Karl and Laurence Davies
  • 6 October 1983 Frank Kermode on the horse of the Baskervilles
    • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, translated by William Weaver
  • 15 September 1983 Last Man of Letters
    • The Forties: From the Notebooks and Diaries of the Period by Edmund Wilson, edited with an introduction by Leon Edel
    • The Portable Edmund Wilson edited by Lewis Dabney
    • To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson
  • 4 August 1983 Broken Knowledge
    • The Oxford Book of Aphorisms edited by John Gross
    • The Travellers’ Dictionary of Quotation: Who said what about where? edited by Peter Yapp
  • 21 July 1983 Diary
  • 7 July 1983 Diary
  • 1 April 1983 Diary
  • 3 February 1983 Squalor
    • Gissing: A Life in Books by John Halperin
    • George Gissing: Critical Essays edited by Jean-Pierre Michaux
  • 7 October 1982 Intelligent Theory
    • Figures of Literary Discourse by Gérard Genette, translated by Alan Sheridan
    • Theories of the Symbol by Tzvetan Todorov, translated by Catherine Porter
    • The Breaking of the Vessels by Harold Bloom
    • The Institution of Criticism by Peter Hohendahl
    • Unspeakable Sentences: Narration and Representation in the Language of Fiction by Ann Banfield
  • 7 October 1982 Diary
  • 16 September 1982 Diary
  • 17 June 1982 Cantles
    • A Moving Target by William Golding
  • 6 May 1982 Bringing it home to Uncle Willie
    • Joseph Conrad: A Biography by Roger Tennant
    • Edward Garnett: A Life in Literature by George Jefferson
    • The Edwardian Novelists by John Batchelor
    • The Uses of Obscurity: The Fiction of Early Modernism by Allon White
  • 3 December 1981 Knowing
    • Bliss by Peter Carey
    • Exotic Pleasures by Peter Carey
  • 1 October 1981 Bumper Book of Death
    • The Hour of Our Death by Philippe Ariès, translated by Helen Weaver
  • 20 August 1981 Structuralism Domesticated
    • Working with Structuralism by David Lodge
  • 21 May 1981 Frank Kermode writes about Granada Television’s version, broadcast on 15 April, of Ford Madox Ford’s ‘The Good Soldier’
  • 7 May 1981 Getting it right
    • Interpretation: An Essay in the Philosophy of Literary Criticism by P.D. Juhl
  • 2 April 1981 Posterity
    • God’s Fifth Column: A Biography of the Age, 1890-1940 by William Gerhardie, Michael Holroyd and Robert Skidelsky
    • Futility by William Gerhardie
  • 22 January 1981 The Essential Orwell
    • George Orwell: A Life by Bernard Crick
    • Class, Culture and Social Change: A New View of the 1930s edited by Frank Gloversmith
    • Culture and Crisis in Britain in the Thirties edited by Jon Clark, Margot Heinemann, David Margolies and Carole Snee
  • 20 November 1980 The Duckworth School of Writers
    • Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald
    • Winter Garden by Beryl Bainbridge
  • 6 November 1980 Tennyson’s Nerves
    • Tennyson: The Unqulet Heart by Robert Bernard Martin
    • Thro’ the Vision of the Night: A Study of Source, Evolution and Structure in Tennyson’s ‘Idylls of the King’ by J.M. Gray
  • 17 July 1980 Joseph Conrad’s Flight from Poland
    • Conrad in the 19th Century by Ian Watt
  • 19 June 1980 Youth
    • The Generation of 1914 by Robert Wohl
  • 5 June 1980 Remembering the Movement, and researching it
    • The Movement: English Poetry and Fiction of the 1950s by Blake Morrison
    • The Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse 1945-1980 by D.J. Enright
  • 22 May 1980 Oldham
    • The Reign of Sparrows by Roy Fuller
    • Souvenirs by Roy Fuller
  • 15 May 1980 Novels about Adultery
    • Love and Marriage by Laurence Lerner
    • Adultery in the Novel: Contract and Transgression by Tony Tanner
  • 20 March 1980 Educating the planet
  • 7 February 1980 English Changing
    • The State of the Language edited by Leonard Michaels and Christopher Ricks
  • 24 January 1980 Symbolism, Expressionism, Decadence
    • Romantic Roots in Modern Art by August Wiedmann
    • Symbolism by Robert Goldwater
    • Decadence and the 1890s edited by Ian Fletcher
  • 6 December 1979 Frank Kermode on a falling-out of literary friends
    • The Nabokov-Wilson Letters, 1940-1971 edited by Simon Karlinsky
    • Vladimir Nabokov: A Tribute edited by Peter Quennell
  • 22 November 1979 Booker Books
  • 25 October 1979 Apocalypse Now and Then
    • The Second Coming: Popular Millenarianism 1780-1850 by J.F.C. Harrison

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