Terry Eagleton is professor of cultural theory at the University of Manchester, Britain. His forthcoming book, The Meaning of Life (Oxford), will be published in March.
Dancing in the Streets is a history of outbreaks of collective joy from Dionysus to the Grateful Dead.
In Arthur & George, Julian Barnes mixes fact and fiction,
linking Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with a wrongfully convicted Victorian
At Day's Close details everything that went on in the pre-industrial night, from fear to licentiousness.
Russell Jacoby's study of utopian thought is a flawed treasure.
As one of those pathetic evolutionary throwbacks who has never used e-mail or the Internet, and has hardly ever handled a mobile phone, I can approach this book with all the supreme disinterested
Humanism, like democracy, is a word that labors under an excess of
meaning. It can mean acknowledging the value of human beings, or denying
the existence of God.
The name Shakespeare in Britain is rather like the names Ford, Disney and Rockefeller in the United States. He is less an individual than an institution, less an artist than an apparatus.
Most biographies of literary figures are a wonderful substitute for
actually having to read the work.