The young Clarice Lispector was strikingly beautiful, with catlike green eyes and ‘very, very sexy’, remembered a friend

'She's the most important Jewish writer since Kafka!'

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Ian Thomson on the turbulent life of Clarice Lispector


Femmes du monde

5 May 2012 11:00 am

At the end of Dreaming in French, in ‘A Note on Sources’, Alice Kaplan terms her narrative ‘this pièce montée’,…

Resounding successes

3 March 2012 10:00 am

The British Library’s ‘Spoken Word’ series, drawing heavily on the BBC archives, has already shown quite a range — from…


Man of mysteries

3 March 2012 10:00 am

John Sutherland revisits the sensational world of Wilkie Collins, father of the detective story


A horrid story of intellectual corruption

14 January 2012 11:00 am

The death of a great author often causes interminable displays of corrosive envy. Heirs, acolytes, interpreters and academics resent one…

A kind of tenderness

17 December 2011 8:00 pm

The son of a grocer, Anton Chekhov was born in 1860 in Taganrog, on the Sea of Azov. While studying…

Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical life

17 December 2011 8:00 pm

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Entry to the sacred grove

3 December 2011 11:00 am

Some readers may wonder if we need this book. Surely, the argument might go, one can summon up potted ‘lives’…


Georgette Heyer: Biography of a Bestseller by Jennifer Kloester

29 October 2011 10:00 am

Those of us who have spent an embarrassing number of hours immersed in the Regency novels of Georgette Heyer have…


The worst crime was to be a bore

2 July 2011 12:00 am

Gully Wells is a spirited and amusing writer, the daughter of the American journalist Dee Wells and the stepdaughter of the famous philosopher Freddie Ayer.