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Tang of Blood

Christian Lorentzen: Something to Do with Capitalism

4 June 2014
... to know she wasn’t as glum as the Soho prostitutes. I won’t give away Holmes’s rendering of the scene at Eleanor’s deathbed (‘The scent of bitter almonds lingered around her corpse’). KathrynHughes in the Guardian says that Holmes’s support for the theory that Eleanor was murdered by her caddish partner Edward Aveling ‘is as much metaphorical as literal’, and criticises her for ...

No wonder it ached

Dinah Birch: George Eliot

13 May 1999
The Journals of George Eliot 
edited by Margaret Harris and Judith Johnston.
Cambridge, 447 pp., £55, February 1999, 0 521 57412 9
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George Eliot: The Last Victorian 
by Kathryn Hughes.
Fourth Estate, 384 pp., £20, November 1998, 1 85702 420 6
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... The appearance of Haight’s revisionary volume in 1968 marked out the territory and many new interpretations have appeared since then, including several biographical studies in the last ten years. KathrynHughes’s vigorous and readable account breaks little new ground, but it is winningly sympathetic and psychologically shrewd. Her identification of the coldness of George Eliot’s mother as a ...

Hidden Consequences

John Mullan: Byron

6 November 2003
Byron: Life and Legend 
by Fiona MacCarthy.
Faber, 674 pp., £9.99, November 2003, 0 571 17997 5
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... Judging by the immediate critical response to Fiona MacCarthy’s biography, the appetite for Byron’s life is indeed sharpened by all the stories we already have. In the Guardian the historian KathrynHughes thought that ‘Byron was indeed someone special,’ but ‘not, perhaps, because of his poetry, which is hardly read now.’ Coinciding with this biography, an exhibition at the National ...

Mr Trendy Sicko

James Wolcott

23 May 2019
White 
by Brett Easton Ellis.
Picador, 261 pp., £16.99, May, 978 1 5290 1239 2
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... Literary Brat Pack, Manhattan’s bohemian answer to Hollywood’s Brat Pack (Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald – almost any actor who appeared in a John Hughes teen film qualified). The Literary Brat Pack was a journalistic readymade, roping together a number of writers who may have scarcely known each other and treating them as a floating soirée. It was ...

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