Vol. 21 No. 11 · 27 May 1999

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Cover Artist

Peter Campbell

Ruth Bernard Yeazell

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Comet of the Enlightenment by Isobel Grundy. Oxford, 680 pp., £30, April 1999, 0 19 811289 0

Letters

David Sylvester, Neil Forster, G.A. Parish, George Braddon, Richard Davenport-Hines, Doug Smith, Keith Flett, Simon Cockshutt, Mat Pires, Emma Tennant, Arif Azad, Stephen Kellie, Alan Gabbey, Seamus Perry, Lewis Smith, David Cesarani, John Crombie, Ivor Potts, Katharine Weber

Mark Ford

Two Poems

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen

Mad Travellers: Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illnesses by Ian Hacking. Free Association, 239 pp., £15.95, April 1999, 1 85343 455 8

Lynne Mastnak

‘Why are you leaving?’

Audrey Gillan

What’s the story?

Richard Gott

Rogoberta Menchú and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans by David Stoll. Westview, 336 pp., £20, February 1999, 0 8133 3574 4

John Kerrigan

Opened Ground: Poems 1966-96 by Seamus Heaney. Faber, 478 pp., £20, September 1998, 0 571 19492 3
The Poetry of Seamus Heaney: A Critical Study by Neil Corcoran. Faber, 276 pp., £9.99, September 1998, 0 571 17747 6
Seamus Heaney by Helen Vendler. HarperCollins, 188 pp., £15.99, November 1998, 0 00 255856 4

Colin Kidd

Clear Tartan Water

Paul Seabright

Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed by James C. Scott. Yale, 464 pp., £25, May 1998, 0 300 07016 0

Tim Parks

Voltaire's Coconuts by Ian Buruma. Weidenfeld, 326 pp., £18.99, March 1999, 0 297 64312 6

Anna Vaux

Antonia White by Jane Dunn. Cape, 484 pp., £20, November 1998, 9780224036191

Gabriele Annan

Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai. Chatto, 240 pp., £14.99, June 1999, 0 7011 6894 3

Ruth Padel

Poem: ‘The Phoenix’

Frank Kermode

Diary: being a critic

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