Mary Brunton

Paths of Glory

The quest for (literary) immortality in 19th-century England.

Nov 9, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 09 • By SARA LODGE



Mabel the goshawk

Prey with Me

The art of falconry as antidote for grief.

Jun 22, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 39

The lighthouse at Eilean Bán, where Maxwell lived (1968-69)

The Lives of Otters

A centenary pilgrimage to the world of Gavin Maxwell

Feb 2, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 20

‘Lord’ Buckley (1906-1960), purveyor of hipster slang, on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’

Whatever You Say

What is slang, and where does it come from?

Nov 10, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 09


Scotland the Brave

Scots debate independence

Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47

‘The Knight of the Burning Pestle’ (2014)

Murder by Candlelight

The new indoor theater at Shakespeare’s Globe

Jun 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40

Old woman with ducks from ‘A History of British Birds’

Natural Wonder

Celebrating the art (and life) of Thomas Bewick.

May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33

A New York production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (2011)

To Manners Born

The English version of civility.

Feb 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 23

Emblematic scene from ‘Jack the Ripper’ (1959)

Ms. Private Eye

Victorian women detectives in life and literature.

Dec 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12

Keukenhof Gardens, near Leiden

Dutch Treats

Oh, to be in Holland, now that August’s there .  .  .

Aug 12, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 45

Chelsea Pensioner

Britain in Bloom

The Chelsea Flower Show celebrates its centennial.

Jun 17, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 38

Raymond Queneau in a photo booth, ca. 1929

Words at Play

Cracking the code of the Workshop for Potential Literature.

May 20, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 34

M.R. James, ca. 1900

An English Chill

Rediscovering the ghost stories of M. R. James.

Mar 18, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 26

Prince Henry Stuart by Isaac Oliver, ca. 1612

Testament of Youth

The elder brother of Charles I, in pictures and memory.

Feb 4, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 20

Edward Lear

Funny Peculiar

The genius of the poet laureate of nonsense.

Nov 19, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 10

Navajo code talkers during the battle for Bougainville, 1943

American Speak

This tongue has many colors.

Aug 27, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 46

Terrace garden in Ravello

Under the Volcano

Sun-drenched in the shadow of Vesuvius.

Jun 25, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 39


Journey to Clubland

‘A place where people can go to escape, but still belong.’

Apr 2, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 28

Painting of John Keats on his deathbed

Poet and Pioneer

The Keats brothers’ saga.

Jan 23, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 18

Photo of Max Beerbohm

Opus Maximus

A comic master’s comic masterpiece turns 100.

Dec 26, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 15

Painting of V. Sackville-West by Philip de Laszlo

Love Among the Shadows

Hidden lives, fatal passion, in genteel England.

Sep 19, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 01

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