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Top 10 Shakespearean books | Robert McCrum
William Shakespeare’s influence on English literature is enormous, but from Dr Johnson to Germaine Greer, some outstanding works have explored his legacy and life story

Robert McCrum

02, Dec, 2020 @11:00 AM

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A ‘tyrant-clown’ has destroyed my love affair with America | Robert McCrum
With its cynical disabling of the body politic, this administration has contaminated the well of US independence

Robert McCrum

06, Sep, 2020 @7:12 AM

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Shakespeare in a Divided America by James Shapiro review – how the bard found his greatest stage
A timely, clever analysis of why Shakespeare continues to cast a spell over American politics

Robert McCrum

16, Mar, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Clive James: 'A wisecracking literary phenomenon on fire with life itself'
He could put Rambo and Rimbaud in the same sentence, virtually invented TV criticism – and, from his one-liners to his epic poems, shot an Aussie rocket into the English language. Robert McCrum pays tribute to his great friend

Robert McCrum

27, Nov, 2019 @7:13 PM

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Agent Running in the Field review – Brexit fuels John le Carré’s fury
The master storyteller’s latest is spiced up with political references but the ultimate enemy stays the same

Robert McCrum

21, Oct, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Another side of Samuel Beckett
Often recalled as a lonely genius, the Irish writer was also a convivial friend who drank with Peter O’Toole and ‘wailed’ at Edna O’Brien’s piano

Robert McCrum

28, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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The Making of Poetry by Adam Nicolson review – when Coleridge met the Wordsworths
This investigation into the birth of the Romantic movement is the perfect marriage of poetry and place

Robert McCrum

27, May, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Lunch with Mr Eliot and Kazuo Ishiguro with a guitar: untold tales from a lost literary Britain
A new letters collection reveals the secret life of the top literary publisher

Robert McCrum

28, Apr, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Churchill: Walking With Destiny by Andrew Roberts – review
An upbeat biography of our wartime leader glows with Brexit-friendly feelings of national greatness

Robert McCrum

29, Oct, 2018 @8:00 AM

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How Shakespeare's 'blood cult’ became Ted Hughes’s fatal obsession
He believed he’d found the secret key to unlock all of Shakespeare’s work. Twenty years after Hughes’s death, this is the story of the lifelong fixation he feared would destroy him

Robert McCrum

27, Oct, 2018 @12:00 PM

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Thomas Cromwell: A Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch review – rise and fall of a cunning ruffian
The ‘true’ Thomas Cromwell proves elusive in this weighty biography of Henry VIII’s ambitious fixer

Robert McCrum

23, Sep, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power by Stephen Greenblatt review – sinister and enthralling
A scholarly study revealing the seeds of Trumpism in Shakespeare’s villains is highly entertaining

Robert McCrum

01, Jul, 2018 @6:00 AM

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