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Plum Bun by Jessie Redmond Fauset

Plum Bun is a classic novel from the Harlem Renaissance. This book is a pretty optimistic story that features the lives of mostly middle-class African Americans. Its subtitle is “A Novel Without a Moral,” and the book is realistic without being preachy or tragic – in fact, the ending is quite a “happy sigh” moment. Show More Summary

Principles of heredity

Darwin came tantalisingly close to understanding them, 20th-century eugenicists obsessed over them, and with modern science, we are poised to… The post Principles of heredity appeared first on The Spectator.

The elegiac and the exuberant

Discussions about the short story too often fall into a false dichotomy that can be characterised, in essence, by a… The post The elegiac and the exuberant appeared first on The Spectator.

Great halls, last balls

Contrary to popular myth, the exuberant flame of life in the English country house was not extinguished by tears at… The post Great halls, last balls appeared first on The Spectator.

The beautiful game caught to perfection

Football, unlike cricket, has for the most part been ill served by its writers. For every Brian Glanville and Ian… The post The beautiful game caught to perfection appeared first on The Spectator.

There’s no escape

Patricia Highsmith was an accretion of oddities — a woman who doted on her pet snails and carried a selection… The post There’s no escape appeared first on The Spectator.

The great monkey puzzle

King Kong, the story of a violently amorous gorilla, Me Cheeta, the autobiography of a slanderous Hollywood chimpanzee, and now… The post The great monkey puzzle appeared first on The Spectator.

Lost in a time capsule

On her arrival in Russia in 1914, Gerty Freely finds it refreshingly liberal compared to her native Britain: here servants… The post Lost in a time capsule appeared first on The Spectator.

One club, no hearts

Not a single line of this highly distinctive memoir happens out of doors. All of it takes place in rooms:… The post One club, no hearts appeared first on The Spectator.

Shakespeare’s crowning glory

In the 18th century, as Shakespeare began to take on classic status, editors began to notice differences between the texts… The post Shakespeare’s crowning glory appeared first on The Spectator.

On Moses’s mountain

A medieval party of 800 Armenians at the top of Mount Sinai suddenly found themselves surrounded by fire. Their pilgrim… The post On Moses’s mountain appeared first on The Spectator.

An Oxford treasure trove

‘What distinguishes Cambridge from Oxford,’ wrote A.A. Milne in 1939, is that nobody who has been to Cambridge feels impelled… The post An Oxford treasure trove appeared first on The Spectator.

Last laughs

A card in a shop window — ‘non-unionised, auxiliary nurses sought… 35p per hour. Ideal for outgoing compassionate females’ —… The post Last laughs appeared first on The Spectator.

Burning passions

This is a book which, as one eyes its lavish illustrations and dips into its elegant prose, looks as if… The post Burning passions appeared first on The Spectator.

Newswire: Captain America is apparently a bad guy now

Comic books, especially superhero comic books, tend to revolve around big moments. That’s why huge splash panels exist, that’s why the Justice League was formed, and that’s why characters who die almost always get brought back to life. Show More Summary

Cultural Confusion

Over at Broadly, MariNaomi talks about heritage and her graphic memoir, Turning Japanese. Pair with Mia Nakaji Monnier’s Millions interview with the author. The post Cultural Confusion appeared first on The Millions.

Phoenix Rising From Fire

Thirty years ago, nine-year-old John O'Leary was rushed to the emergency room, while his family's home continued to be ablaze. As he lay in a hospital bed, he frantically wondered if he was about to die. He had suffered burns covering 100 percent of his body and was given less than one percent chance of survival. Show More Summary

Woody Allen Is Not an Angel

A well-known writer emailed me when I started my biography of Woody Allen: "Tell! Tell!" She added, "I was shocked! Shocked!" I asked her what she was shocked about. She shared with me the explosive info that she had sat next to Woody's table at Elaine's and that she thought that he and two friends were exchanging notes about threesomes. Show More Summary

Books of The Times: Review: Noah Hawley’s ‘Before the Fall’ Is One of the Year’s Best Suspense Novels

Noah Hawley, the showrunner of “Fargo” on FX, has written a mesmerizing mystery that includes wealth and tragedy.

Newly Released Books Include ‘The Pier Falls’ by Mark Haddon

Works by Milena Busquets, Mark Binelli and Katie Chase are also available.

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