Simon Callow is an English actor and director who has written books about Orson Welles, Charles Dickens, Charles Laughton, and Oscar Wilde. His latest book, Being Wagner: The Story of the Most Provocative Composer Who Ever Lived, is out in paperback. (April 2018)

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Superman in Tweeds

George Bernard Shaw, Whitehall Court, London, October 1946

Judging Shaw: The Radicalism of GBS

by Fintan O’Toole
Various Irish notables have recently been put on trial in a sparky series of books published by the Royal Irish Academy under its Prism imprint: so far we have had Judging Dev, Judging Cosgrave, and Judging Redmond and Carson. Now it is George Bernard Shaw’s turn in the dock. He …

The Emperor Robeson

Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary

by Gerald Horne

No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson

by Jeff Sparrow
It is hard to find anyone under fifty who has the slightest idea who Paul Robeson is, or what he was, which is astonishing—as a singer, of course, and as an actor, his work is of the highest order. But his significance as an emblematic figure is even greater, crucial to an understanding of the American twentieth century.