Dark art

22 January 2011 12:00 am

Shadow Catchers is an effective title, with its magical and occult associations, and a nice echo of body snatchers into the bargain.

Bad enemy, worse lover

11 December 2010 12:00 am

Five years after his death, Saul Bellow’s literary reputation has yet to suffer the usual post-mortem slump, and publication of these lively letters should help sustain his standing.

Two of a kind

23 October 2010 12:00 am

They were ‘soulmates’ according to people who knew both of them.

Young man on the make

28 August 2010 12:00 am

We are not going to agree about Bruce Chatwin.

Before she was a novelist

10 February 2010 12:00 am

‘It’s hard in letters quite to hit the mean between being earnest and sounding damn silly’ — as Iris Murdoch admits on page 205 of this book.

Delight and horror

11 November 2009 12:00 am

‘Everything that the lovingest of husbands can express to the best of wives, & love to the little ones, not forgetting the kicker in the dark,’ Jack Verney wrote to his pregnant wife in 1683.

Was he anti-Semitic?

11 November 2009 12:00 am

Letters give us the life as lived — day-to-day, shapeless, haphazard, contingent, imperfect, authentic.

A literary gypsy

4 November 2009 12:00 am

When Lavinia Greacen undertook her magisterial yet intimately sympathetic biography of James Gordon Farrell, she gained access to his diaries and many of his letters, especially love letters and letters to his literary agents, editors and publishers about his professional desires and requirements.

Surprising literary ventures

21 October 2009 12:00 am

Love Letters of a Japanese begins: ‘These letters are real.

More gossip with less art?

25 February 2009 12:00 am

The Letters of Samuel Beckett, 1929-40, Volume I, edited by Martha Dow Fehsenfeld and Lois More Overbeck

The spice of danger

26 November 2008 12:00 am

From the Front Line: Family Letters & Diaries, 1900 to the Falklands & Afghanistan, by Hew Pike

Love between the lines

19 November 2008 12:00 am

Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell,
edited by Thomas Travisano and Saskia Hamilton