Samuel Johnson’s House, Gough Square, London

Dr. Johnson’s Friend

Francis Barber and the Great Cham.

Sep 28, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 03 • By EDWARD SHORT



An asylum for the houseless and poor

London Calling

The documentary version of Dickens’s metropolis.

Jun 29, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 40

Site of the Catholic University in Dublin

Lessons Learned

Newman the educator, in theory and practice.

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

‘The Four Courts’ by W. H. Bartlett (1841)

Dublin’s Fair(?) City

The complicated soul of the Irish capital

Feb 23, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 23

‘Listening to the sermon in a Church of England church’ by T. H. Jones

Here the Word

The English sermon as theology and social history

Dec 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14

The tart, sweet, comprehending vision  of Richard Greene

Eye of the Beholder

The tart, sweet, comprehending vision of Richard Greene

Oct 27, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 07

Judy Bachrach

Journey’s End?

Visions of life from encounters with death

Sep 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 03


The Son Also Rises

Titles, tangled webs, titillating journalism

Aug 18, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

‘The Coronation of King Edward VII’ by Edwin Austin Abbey (ca. 1904)

Bertie the Good

The royal antidote to Victorian austerity.

Jun 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38

Robert Graves (1941)

Action into Words

The Great War and modern poetry.

Mar 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27

Balliol College chapel

Agony of Spirit

The revolutionary poet revealed in his letters.

Dec 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 14

Sir William Howe

Dispirit of ’76

The American Revolution as seen from the other side.

Sep 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 04


This American World

The ‘last, best hope of earth’ goes global.

Jul 29, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 43

Cardinal Newman

Cardinal Virtue

Style and substance in the voice of John Henry Newman.

Jun 3, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 36

Elizabeth Jennings

A Faithful Poet

From the darkness of her existence, Elizabeth Jennings comes to light.

Feb 18, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 22

Victorian Bloomsbury

Eminent Precursors

Distinguished groups in Bloomsbury before there was a Bloomsbury Group.

Dec 10, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 13

Frances Day celebrates New Year’s 1942 with an RAF officer at the Ritz.

Suite Charity

Where the Bright Young Things escaped from World War II.

Oct 29, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 07

Winston Churchill at work on his war memoirs, ca. 1946

Not So Special

Why the author doesn’t like Churchill’s ‘History of the English-Speaking Peoples.’

Sep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02


Original Edith

The Sitwell with, arguably, the main claim to genius.

Jul 16, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 41

Photo of Anglican clergymen, circa 1870

People of the Book

No need to be a believer to cherish the Bible.

Apr 30, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 31

Photo of Patrick Stewart as Shakespeare, Richard McCabe as Ben Jonson

In Shakespeare’s Shadow

A splendid life of rare Ben Jonson.

Mar 12, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 25

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