Critical Times
The History of the Times Literary Supplement

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A comprehensive, colourful and highly entertaining history of 100 years of that great British institution: the Times Literary Supplement; published for its centenary year

Critical Times is a dramatic and entertaining history of one of the great literary journals of the world, the Times Literary Supplement. Derwent May unfolds a hundred years of controversy and wit, from the paper's first appearance in the great epoch of Edwardian journalism in 1902, to its role as the voice of contemporary thought in the new millennium.

Revealed here for the first time also are the identities of the hundreds of the anonymous, powerful figures who reviewed for the paper, from T.S. Eliot and Aldous Huxley to George Orwell, Cyril Connolly and Anthony Powell. We see the tentative first writings of Miss V. A. Stephen evolve into the dashing and magisterial essays of Virginia Woolf; venomous spats between historians; the emergence of new novelists such as Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis, the mocking reviews with which the first poems of Ezra Pound were greeted, and the review of Evelyn Waugh's first book in which he was described throughout as 'she'. There are hoaxes and rows, contributions from poets ranging from Rudyard Kipling to Philip Larki n, and rich evocations of the changing atmosphere of life in Britain. Through the words of its columnists, we see the nation agonising morally in the First World War, and united in anger in the Second World War. We also watch the paper's battle to survive and the gallant defence of the paper's independence by one editor after another.

Critical Times is not only a biography of an institution but it is an amazing reflection of the changes in British literature and culture throughout the twentieth century.The book will form the centrepiece to the centenary celebrations of the paper’s foundation (17 January 1902) which in itself will attract widespread media and press attention.

AuthorDerwent May
Height900 mm
Length650 mm
Width225 mm
Weight240 g
Language TypePublished
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages592
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2001-11-05

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