Category: Letters

1 May, 2017

Nicolas Liney

“A subsisting and alas! self-seeking me

Nicolas Liney reviews a welcome new biography of the prolific life- and letter-writer, Jane Welsh Carlyle.

22 February, 2016

Dominic Davies

Listen Up, white America

Dominic Davies compares Ta-Nehisi Coates to his great predecessor James Baldwin.

29 April, 2013

Jeremy Diaper

Old Possum and the Parrots

Life begins (again) at 40 for a tired T. S. Eliot in the latest volume of his letters, as Jeremy Diaper discovers.

14 November, 2011

Francis Hutton-Williams

Pulverizing the Pretty Charlock

The second volume of Samuel Beckett's Letters documents the writer's correspondences during the Second World War.

16 May, 2011

Judyta Frodyma

Larkin in Love

Anthony Thwaite's Letters to Monica reveals affection and the quotidian in Larkin's correspondence with Monica Jones.

31 January, 2011

Paul Sweeten

Between Fiction and Autobiography

Saul Bellow's Letters exhibits a vitalising honesty, but conceals the deeper affections of the novelist's spirit.

17 January, 2011

Ceri Hunter


Two new collections of Bronté's writings contain the passion, conflict, and torment of the Bronté Myth.