Kathryn Hughes is Professor Emerita of Life Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her book Catland, about the cat craze of the early twentieth century, will be published in June. (December 2023)
Jane Austen Gets Dressed
Sifting through the trove of well-preserved garments that belonged to Jane Austen, a new study offers a surprising new glimpse of the novelist’s life.
Jane Austen’s Wardrobe
by Hilary Davidson
December 21, 2023 issue
A Complicated Reformer
Adherents to Maria Montessori’s radical methods have extended from progressive parents to Benito Mussolini.
The Child Is the Teacher: A Life of Maria Montessori
by Cristina De Stefano, translated from the Italian by Gregory Conti
March 9, 2023 issue
Department of Speculation
A new book on the history of a group of British clairvoyants charged with predicting disasters maintains a scrupulous neutrality as to whether these precognitions were coincidences or supernatural happenings.
The Premonitions Bureau: A True Account of Death Foretold
by Sam Knight
November 3, 2022 issue
The White Heat of Conviction
There is nothing judicious, careful, or patient in Frances Wilson's new biography of D.H. Lawrence, which is exactly how Lawrence would have wanted it.
Burning Man: The Trials of D.H. Lawrence
by Frances Wilson
November 18, 2021 issue
Bliss in That Dawn
Radical Wordsworth: The Poet Who Changed the World
by Jonathan Bate
The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, the Wordsworths, and Their Year of Marvels
by Adam Nicolson, with woodcuts and paintings by Tom Hammick
William Wordsworth: A Life, Second Edition
by Stephen Gill
September 24, 2020 issue
The Inglenooks of Power
Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power
by Claudia Renton
December 6, 2018 issue