Articles By David Womersley
 
January/February 2014
 
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December 2013
The plays included in William Shakespeare and Others may fall outside the bard’s official canon, but many of them display the virtuoso hallmarks of the great man
 
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July/August 2013
While it gives more credence to the naysayers than it should, Shakespeare Beyond Doubt excellently marshalls the evidence over the authorship of the bard's plays
 
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January/February 2013
Too often Thomas Wyatt's poetry is ignored in favour of biography, but not in Susan Brigden's fantastic new study
 
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December 2012
Far from being a thoroughly aestheticised figure, John Keats had an active social conscience; his critics were suspicious of his radical politics
 
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November 2012
Paradoxically, what is lost in the translation of Leviathan from English to Latin, reveals the real meaning of Hobbes's most quoted passage
 
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October 2012
The latest volume of T.S. Eliot's letters provide agreeable shocks and reveals the travails of both his professional and love lives
 
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September 2012
Edmund Spenser: A Life by Andrew Hadfield is vivid in parts, but ultimately fails to paint a clear picture of the 16th century poet
 
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July/August 2012
Martin Amis is a true writer but Lionel Asbo is yet another example of his failure to break into a new vein
 
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May 2012
Delving into the various linguistic predicaments of Samuel Beckett reveals the beautiful complications of his writings.
 
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April 2012
Book review of Capital by John Lanchester
 
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December 2011
The 17th-century Dean celebrated prosperity as well as poetry and felt no need to transform the Church into an agency of social work
 
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November 2011
Philip Larkin's letters to his lover Monica Jones speak of a non-sexual intimacy and chart his progression to poetic maturity
 
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September 2011
Cynthia Ozick's intricate and artful new novel Foreign Bodies echoes the majesty of Henry James's late period
 
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May 2011
In the wake of the Arab Spring, Percy Shelley's The Revolt of Islam looks mightily prophetic
 
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January/February 2011
Who will want to volunteer to sit on school boards in the harsh new education climate?
 
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September 2010
The spiralling cost of Bordeaux means the wine will soon be the preserve of millionaires and wine journalists alone
 
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September 2010
Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Biography by Adam Sisman
 
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May 2010
The Poet Laureate's verses aren't bad, but have more in common with tabloid headlines than the works of her great predecessors
 
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May 2010
Hugh Trevor Roper was the greatest historical stylist of the 20th century. Yet he never produced a masterpiece to rival that of his great hero and predecessor, Edward Gibbon
 
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April 2010
The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis
 
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January/February 2010

Encouraging a chef's creativity is fine, until you're served a triangular wafer in a cocktail glass

 
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April 2009

This dull idealogue's quest - to debauch the intellectual currency of literary study - has had a lamentable influence

 
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About David Womersley

David Womersley is the Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. He has edited Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson. His edition of Gulliver's Travels was recently published by CUP. 

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