Archive for Literature

I have moved into other fields since studying literature in the nineteen seventies. I continue, however, to owe much of my approach to this background and I have, at times, written reviews and articles that bear at least some resemblance to literary criticism.

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Emanuel Litvinoff (5 May 1915 – 24 September 2011) »

October 5th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, Literature, London

I think it was in 1992 that I first met Emanuel Litvinoff. I had for some time been aware of his marvellous memoir of Jewish Whitechapel, Journey Through a Small Planet (1972), but I had never found a way of including a discussion of it in the book I was writing about East London at […]

‘Relocating the High Lyric Voice’ – a reading and discussion with Robin Blaser, John Kinsella, Denise Riley, Peter Blegvad and Iain Sinclair »

September 15th, 2010 | Posted in: Articles General, Literature

An extract from a conversation broadcast on ‘Night Waves’ (BBC Radio Three), 22 January 1997.

Enemy alien – on Stefan Zweig’s The World of Yesterday »

February 2nd, 2008 | Posted in: Articles General, Literature, War & peace

‘First published in 1943, The World of Yesterday could scarcely be less like the popular confessional autobiographies of our time, which tend to be soft-centred victimologies in which the self is presented as an innocent, child-like entity, while history comes across as a form of abuse…’

An article from Guardian Review, 2 February, 2008.

Facing up to the subterranean stream: the challenge of Robin Blaser’s libretto »

August 1st, 2001 | Posted in: Articles General, Articles in Books, Literature, Music

About the libretto, by Robin Blaser, of Harrison Birtwistle’s opera, ‘The Last Supper’. Written for Glyndbourne Festival Opera, the first version was published in the seasonal programme book, Glyndbourne 2001, pp. 174-9.

Douglas Oliver’s Penniless Politics »

October 24th, 1991 | Posted in: Articles General, Literature

About Douglas Oliver and his New York poem Penniless Politics Published as ‘Poet of the lower depths’, the Guardian, 24 October 1991.

Going to Blazes »

February 12th, 1988 | Posted in: Articles General, Literature

A review of Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities. Published in The Guardian, 12 February 1988