Stephen Spender

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Cold Warriors by Duncan White review – when novels were weapons
This account of the cultural dimension of capitalism v communism offers a reminder that literature can unsettle the powerful

John Mullan

23, Dec, 2019 @10:00 AM

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2016 Stephen Spender prize for poetry in translation – the winners
From poems originally written in 41 different languages, judges selected translations from Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s Gaelic, Maria Teresa Horta’s Portuguese and Federico García Lorca’s Spanish

Sean O'Brien

05, Nov, 2016 @10:30 AM

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The Bitter Taste of Victory by Lara Feigel review – portrait of the Germans in defeat
A survey of postwar Germany as seen by writers and artists shows the complex nature of attitudes to the defeated nation

Robert McCrum

24, Jan, 2016 @6:45 AM

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Poet returns Stephen Spender prize after accusations of plagiarism
Dutch poetry site claims Allen Prowle’s translations of Rutger Kopland are ‘blatant plagiarism’

Alison Flood

17, Dec, 2015 @5:15 PM

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Matthew Spender: ‘Sorry, Dad, I’m not like you. I’m straight’
The poet Stephen Spender wanted his son to be a part of his bohemian circle. Hannah Ellis-Petersen talks to Matthew Spender about the sexual complexities of his family life

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

08, Nov, 2015 @8:30 AM

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Stephen Spender prize – a judges’s perspective
Allen Prowle’s translations of Dutch poet Rutger Kopland’s ‘Johnson Brothers Ltd’ was chosen from 299 entries spanning 46 languages to win this year’s Open category

Stephen Romer

07, Nov, 2015 @1:00 PM

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A House in St John’s Wood review – Matthew Spender goes in search of his parents
A child abandoned – this insightful memoir by the poet’s son exposes truths his mother tried to hide

Blake Morrison

25, Sep, 2015 @3:00 PM

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A House in St John’s Wood by Matthew Spender review – a remarkable and moving family memoir
Matthew Spender, son of poet Stephen Spender, shows how we are all shaped by the strangeness of our families

Lara Feigel

30, Aug, 2015 @10:30 AM

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Reading American cities: books about Cincinnati
From the origins of Uncle Tom to the stories of revolutionary, radical women, Michael Griffith takes us on a tour of literary Cincinnati – including Toni Morrison, Edmund White and a drive to attract America’s best poets

Michael Griffith

06, Aug, 2015 @4:52 PM

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Lucian Freud's teenage love letters reveal his complex sexuality
The media is in a tizzy over news that Freud had a gay relationship. But his paintings reveal that his lifelong passion was for the human body – male or female

Jonathan Jones

09, Jun, 2015 @4:04 PM

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2015 Stephen Spender prize for poetry in translation – submit your entry
Robina Pelham Burn: Submit a previously unpublished translation of a poem from any language, ancient or modern, no later than 22 May

Robina Pelham Burn

22, Jan, 2015 @5:32 PM

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Scottish poet tastes success in Stephen Spender prize for poetry in translation
Iain Galbraith wins the open category of the annual competition with his rendition of ‘Quince Jelly’ by the Hamburg poet Jan Wagner. By Edith Hall

Edith Hall

01, Nov, 2014 @9:00 AM

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