The most literary gift of the year: a gorgeous collection of gems from the London Review of Books' archive, published to celebrate the paper's 40th anniversary.
Over four decades, the London Review of Books has grown into Europe's leading literary magazine, publishing book reviews and essays - interspersed with letters, poems, and stories - every fortnight. However, in the words of its founding editor, Karl Miller, it began life as just 'a small paper', and its evolution has bred countless stories. After all, it takes an awful lot of gossip, scandal, ideas, mistakes, feuding, parties, shamelessness, ingenuity, arguments, courage and ample correspondence - with towering contributors and ever-disappointed subscribers alike - to make a reasonably interesting paper twice a month.
London Review of Books: An Incomplete History invites readers behind the scenes for the first time, reproducing a fascinating selection of literary artefacts from archives and personal collections. Encompassing letters, notebooks, drawings, postcards, fieldnotes and typescripts from the magazine's first four decades, many of them never previously published, this intimate collection brings a unique slice of Bloomsbury's heritage alive. Fragments by legendary authors such as Angela Carter, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Christopher Hitchens, Oliver Sacks, Edward Said, Martha Gellhorn, Jenny Diski, and Kurt Vonnegut - alongside heroic letter-writers and unlikely contributors - are contextualised with captions and backstories by LRB writers and editors, as well as introductory essays by Mary-Kay Wilmers and Andrew O'Hagan.
The result is an idiosyncratic account of forty years of intellectual life, which sheds new light on great careers, famous episodes and some of the history going on in the background: a testament to the power of print in the new information age, and a must-have for literature lovers everywhere.
Founded in 1979, and published twice a month, the London Review of Books provides a space for some of the world's best writers to explore a wide variety of subjects in exhilarating detail - from art and politics to science and technology via history and philosophy, fiction and poetry. In the age of the long read, the LRB remains the pre-eminent exponent of the intellectual essay, admired around the world by over 75,000 subscribers for its fearlessness, its range and its elegance.
Literature & literary studies
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