Karl Miller is a British editor and critic. In 1979 he founded the London Review of Books.


Eminent Romantics

Bloomsbury: A House of Lions

by Leon Edel
Writers have often been responsive to the tendency to prefer some sorts of people to others, and to do so in a way that confuses one order of merit with another, and that gives rise to uncertainties of status and to the behavior of the snob. If the writer in …

Some Views of Mrs. Thatcher’s Victory

Kingsley Amis Before trying to interpret this election we might notice what happened at it. Mrs. Thatcher’s victory was unusually decisive in two senses. She won by a bigger margin than any other Opposition leader since the Second World War, and she overcame the general tendency of the British electorate …

Poe in the Sky

Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe Vol. II: Tales and Sketches, 1831-1842 Vol. III: Tales and Sketches, 1843-1849

edited by Thomas Ollive Mabbott, with the assistance of Eleanor D. Kewer and Maureen C. Mabbott

Edgar Allan Poe

by David Sinclair
Poe’s poems and stories belonged, he felt, to different orders of experience. The stories are his better part, and his own preference for the poems reflects the enthusiasm of the time for the ideal, the eternal, the ethereally pure. Not that stories had to be earthbound, or ephemeral. Among the …

Ladies in Distress

Excellent Women

by Barbara Pym

Quartet in Autumn

by Barbara Pym
In London last year, the Times Literary Supplement asked a number of writers to draw up a list of overrated and underrated writers. By no means a thankless task, but among the sneers that leapt to the page were words of praise, from Philip Larkin and Lord David Cecil, which …


Picture Palace

by Paul Theroux

The Family

by David Plante
These two novels are by American writers in the prime of their reputations who now live in England. Each novel is set in New England, and each is about a family, and about a family romance. Neither is proof of what has recently been asserted—that the English and American languages …

The Outlaw

The Life of Dylan Thomas

by Paul Ferris
A watery, winter sun wept down on Cwmdonkin Drive. A mile away at St Helens, the ghost of Christmas past drifted through the ranks of a weakened London Welsh. Not even Dylan Thomas could have made much of a pedestrian performance by them and, until midway through the second half, …

Edith Wharton’s Secret

A Feast of Words: The Triumph of Edith Wharton

by Cynthia Griffin Wolff
Edith Wharton’s best work belongs to the period of fifteen years which ended in 1920. Just before the turn of the century, she suffered a spell of nervous exhaustion—of asthma, nausea, and depression—in which a troubled childhood, and a distaste for her marriage to Teddy Wharton, can be perceived. Confinement …