John Milton

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From Milton to Pullman, the quest for truth is riddled with ambiguity | Kenan Malik
In dark times, works of literature have unique power to remind us of the complexity and contradictory nature of humans

Kenan Malik

29, Dec, 2019 @7:03 AM

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The Guardian view on the new Scrooge: a charismatic antihero for Christmas | Editorial
Editorial: Guy Pearce’s reinvention of Charles Dickens’ creation has been the real revelation of the holiday television schedules


23, Dec, 2019 @6:32 PM

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When Milton met Shakespeare: poet's notes on Bard appear to have been found
Hailed as one of the most significant archival discoveries of modern times, text seems to show the Paradise Lost poet making careful annotations on his edition of Shakespeare’s plays

Alison Flood

16, Sep, 2019 @2:17 PM

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Top 10 evil narrators
Lolita, A Clockwork Orange, American Psycho ... many of these books were originally condemned as immoral for humanising the evil at their heart

Leo Benedictus

27, Mar, 2019 @8:15 AM

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Poem of the week: From Paradise Lost by John Milton
The muscular blank verse of this great classic reveals a visionary amalgam of the biblical and the classical

Carol Rumens

07, Jan, 2019 @11:00 AM

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How to read poetry like a professor
Thomas Foster, an ex-literature professor and author, explains how to get the most out of poems while avoiding intimidation

Interview by Jake Nevins

20, Apr, 2018 @9:00 AM

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From Watchmen to Catch-22: can TV tackle 'unfilmable' books?
Film history is littered with adaptations that didn’t do their literary source material justice. But the small screen’s longer format could be the ideal place for unwieldy texts

Stephen Arnell

21, Feb, 2018 @12:39 PM

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Reading group: which book about redemption should we read in January?
From Milton to Marilynne Robinson, stories of spiritual and worldly salvation are a rich seam in literature. Please help choose one for us to make a fresh start with in 2018

Sam Jordison

02, Jan, 2018 @9:00 AM

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Britain’s problem is not with Europe, but with England | David Marquand
The UK is being drawn into a Brexit half of its nations don’t want, propelled by an outdated version of English nationhood, writes David Marquand, a former Labour MP and a former chief adviser to the European commission president

David Marquand

19, Dec, 2017 @5:42 AM

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Kingsley Amis was spied on – but he’s in the best literary company
MI5 kept tabs on Amis, who joins Byron, Wordsworth, Orwell and Iris Murdoch as having been suspected of espionage

John Dugdale

01, Dec, 2017 @2:00 PM

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The 100 best nonfiction books: No 95 – Areopagitica by John Milton (1644)
Today Milton is remembered as a great poet. But this fiery attack on censorship and call for a free press reveals a brilliant English radical

Robert McCrum

27, Nov, 2017 @5:45 AM

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Why Arab Muslims love Paradise Lost – and their leaders hate it | Islam Issa
Paradise Lost is causing controversy in Egypt 350 years after its publication. Little wonder given its revolutionary message, writes John Milton scholar Islam Issa

Islam Issa

01, Sep, 2017 @9:00 AM

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