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Brenda Maddox

Brenda Maddox is home affairs editor of the Economist and author of Who’s afraid of Elizabeth Taylor?. A study of marriage and homosexuality is to be published next year.

As time goes by

Brenda Maddox, 2 July 1981

There is a kind of woman who refuses dessert and then reaches over with her fork and eats most of her husband’s. Does it tell us something about Miss Bergman’s capacity for self-deception that she could neither leave Alan Burgess alone to write her biography nor sit down and write her own?

Garbo’s Secret

Brenda Maddox, 6 November 1980

Why did the most beautiful and adored of early movie queens walk out at the height of her career and become a virtual recluse? Alexander Walker treats Garbo as a mystery to which he at last can offer an answer. Indifference to the prize, he says; the same detachment that enabled her, at 20 and just arrived in Hollywood, with little English, to defy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the most powerful of Hollywood studios, and win.

Freud’s fan club

Christopher Turner, 30 November 2006

The Welsh psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, known for his three-volume hagiography of Freud, was also the author of a book on figure skating. The New York Psychoanalytic Institute owns a dusty copy,...

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Rosalind Franklin

Robert Olby, 20 March 2003

The molecular revolution in biology began 50 years ago with the discovery of the structure of DNA, and has had such an impact that the reading public’s interest now extends even to the...

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Made in Heaven

Frank Kermode, 10 November 1994

Looking down rather reprovingly from the shelf opposite are the three large volumes of Edward Nehls’s Composite Biography, a version or two of Harry T. Moore’s frequently revised...

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