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Broadway Babes Say Goodnight: Musicals Then And Now19971227

A monthly review of new publications.

In `Broadway Babes Say Goodnight: Musicals Then and Now', Mark Steyn considers the rise and fall of the American musical and takes a sceptical look at the health of its British successors.

Director and producer Alan Strachan reviews Mark Steyn's diagnosis and offers his own prescription.

Broadway Babes Say Goodnight: Musicals Then And Now19971227

A monthly review of new publications.

In `Broadway Babes Say Goodnight: Musicals Then and Now', Mark Steyn considers the rise and fall of the American musical and takes a sceptical look at the health of its British successors.

Director and producer Alan Strachan reviews Mark Steyn's diagnosis and offers his own prescription.

Damascus Gate19981007

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

With his sparse, tough prose and his relentless exposure of the darker corners of society, Robert Stone has established himself as one of America's most highly regarded fiction writers and most stringent political voices.

After Vietnam and Central America, he has turned to the Middle East for the setting of his latest novel, `Damascus Gate'.

Stephen Armidon reviews this story of religious and political obsession and reflects on Stone's distinctive vision.

Damascus Gate19981007

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

With his sparse, tough prose and his relentless exposure of the darker corners of society, Robert Stone has established himself as one of America's most highly regarded fiction writers and most stringent political voices.

After Vietnam and Central America, he has turned to the Middle East for the setting of his latest novel, `Damascus Gate'.

Stephen Armidon reviews this story of religious and political obsession and reflects on Stone's distinctive vision.

Damascus Gate19981118

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

This month's book is Jay Parini's biography of American poet Robert Frost.

Damascus Gate19981118

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

This month's book is Jay Parini's biography of American poet Robert Frost.

Damascus Gate19981216

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

Damascus Gate19981216

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

Farewell To An Idea: Episodes From A History Of Modernism19990407

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

This edition considers the latest book by an art historian widely regarded as one of the most distinguished and original writing today.

T J Clark's book `Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism' considers whether modernism and socialism died together.

Farewell To An Idea: Episodes From A History Of Modernism19990407

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

This edition considers the latest book by an art historian widely regarded as one of the most distinguished and original writing today.

T J Clark's book `Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism' considers whether modernism and socialism died together.

Films And British National Identity: From Dickens To Dad19970711

The fourth of 12 monthly programmes in which a leading writer or critic reviews a new publication.

How Britishness in portrayed on screen is discussed by film historian Ian Christie as he reviews `Films and British National Identity: From Dickens to Dad's Army', a new volume of essays in which cultural historian Jeffrey Richards explores the vital role cinema television have played in defining national identity.

Films And British National Identity: From Dickens To Dad19970711

The fourth of 12 monthly programmes in which a leading writer or critic reviews a new publication.

How Britishness in portrayed on screen is discussed by film historian Ian Christie as he reviews `Films and British National Identity: From Dickens to Dad's Army', a new volume of essays in which cultural historian Jeffrey Richards explores the vital role cinema television have played in defining national identity.

Georgie19990514

Declan Kiberd reviews Brenda Maddox's new biography of WB Yeats: `Georgie's Ghosts - the Secret Life of WB Yeats', which concentrates on the last decade of Yeats's life, from the end of the First World War to his death in 1939.

Georgie19990514

Declan Kiberd reviews Brenda Maddox's new biography of WB Yeats: `Georgie's Ghosts - the Secret Life of WB Yeats', which concentrates on the last decade of Yeats's life, from the end of the First World War to his death in 1939.

Georgie19990621

An extended review of a recent publication.

Georgie19990621

An extended review of a recent publication.

Georgie19990706

Novelist Michele Roberts reviews Neil Schaeffer's new biography of the Marquis de Sade, in which he claims that the man whose name is synonymous with perversion and cruelty was not only capable of deep romantic love but was also one of the great literary minds of the 18th century.

Georgie19990706

Novelist Michele Roberts reviews Neil Schaeffer's new biography of the Marquis de Sade, in which he claims that the man whose name is synonymous with perversion and cruelty was not only capable of deep romantic love but was also one of the great literary minds of the 18th century.

Georgie19990914

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

Today, the first full biography of Andrew Marvell for more than 30 years.

Nicholas Murray's biography explores the politics and poetry of Marvell, who lived through one of the most turbulent periods in ENGLISH political history and produced some of the finest lyric poetry in the language.

Georgie19990914

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

Today, the first full biography of Andrew Marvell for more than 30 years.

Nicholas Murray's biography explores the politics and poetry of Marvell, who lived through one of the most turbulent periods in ENGLISH political history and produced some of the finest lyric poetry in the language.

Hitler: 1889-193619980921

How was Hitler special? That is the central question faced by Ian Kershaw in his new biography, in which he draws on newly available speeches and writings and Goebbels's diary to investigate how Hitler was able to extend power until it was absolute.

Does the answer lie in Hitler's personality or German society? Christopher Clark discusses Ian Kershaw's conclusions in his review of `Hitler: 1889-1936'.

Hitler: 1889-193619980921

How was Hitler special? That is the central question faced by Ian Kershaw in his new biography, in which he draws on newly available speeches and writings and Goebbels's diary to investigate how Hitler was able to extend power until it was absolute.

Does the answer lie in Hitler's personality or German society? Christopher Clark discusses Ian Kershaw's conclusions in his review of `Hitler: 1889-1936'.

In Defence Of History19970923

What can we learn from history? Is the professional historian simply another kind of storyteller? The last few years have seen a crisis in the professional study of history as cultural theory undermined its traditional goals.

But in his new book, `In Defence of History', Richard J Evans fights back.

Fellow historian Roy Porter takes up the argument and reflects on his own ideas of history.

In Defence Of History19970923

What can we learn from history? Is the professional historian simply another kind of storyteller? The last few years have seen a crisis in the professional study of history as cultural theory undermined its traditional goals.

But in his new book, `In Defence of History', Richard J Evans fights back.

Fellow historian Roy Porter takes up the argument and reflects on his own ideas of history.

Israel: A History19980212

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

Martin Gilbert tackles one of the most controversial stories of the modern world in his new book, `Israel: a History'.

Published on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the declaration of independence of the state of Israel, the book considers the birth of the secular Zionist movement in the years leading up to the state's foundation, as well as the following half-century of massive immigration, five wars, terrorism and cultural conflict.

In this review, Rabbi David Goldberg reflects on the successes and failures of Zionism.

Israel: A History19980212

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

Martin Gilbert tackles one of the most controversial stories of the modern world in his new book, `Israel: a History'.

Published on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the declaration of independence of the state of Israel, the book considers the birth of the secular Zionist movement in the years leading up to the state's foundation, as well as the following half-century of massive immigration, five wars, terrorism and cultural conflict.

In this review, Rabbi David Goldberg reflects on the successes and failures of Zionism.

James Tate: Selected Poems19970606

The second of 12 monthly programmes in which a leading writer or critic reviews a new publication.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate is one of the most original voices in contemporary American writing.

He has been described as a surrealist, but just what surrealism means in modern America is one of the issues discussed by fellow poet Dana Gioia as he reviews `James Tate: Selected Poems', published in Britain for the first time this month.

James Tate: Selected Poems19970606

The second of 12 monthly programmes in which a leading writer or critic reviews a new publication.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate is one of the most original voices in contemporary American writing.

He has been described as a surrealist, but just what surrealism means in modern America is one of the issues discussed by fellow poet Dana Gioia as he reviews `James Tate: Selected Poems', published in Britain for the first time this month.

Keats19971028

Monthly review programme examining one of the most interesting new publications.

In a new biography, Andrew Motion reassesses the social and political context of Keats's work.

Steve Connor reviews Motion's `Keats' and discusses changing perceptions of the past.

Keats has become a byword for the poetic identity - talented, suffering, youthful but wise.

From his troubled orphan childhood, through gruelling medical training, thwarted love and early death, his career has acquired a mythic quality.

But how far has the fascination with this story concealed the details of his life?

Keats19971028

Monthly review programme examining one of the most interesting new publications.

In a new biography, Andrew Motion reassesses the social and political context of Keats's work.

Steve Connor reviews Motion's `Keats' and discusses changing perceptions of the past.

Keats has become a byword for the poetic identity - talented, suffering, youthful but wise.

From his troubled orphan childhood, through gruelling medical training, thwarted love and early death, his career has acquired a mythic quality.

But how far has the fascination with this story concealed the details of his life?

Programme Catalogue - Details: 02 September 199519950902

Producer: A.

APPLETON

Next in series: 21 October 1995

Previous in series: 15 July 1995

Broadcast history

02 Sep 1995 21:45-22:05 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-08-31.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 02 September 199519950902

Producer: A.

APPLETON

Next in series: 21 October 1995

Previous in series: 15 July 1995

Broadcast history

02 Sep 1995 21:45-22:05 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-08-31.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 10 February 199619960210

Producer: A.

APPLETON

Next in series: 02 March 1996

Previous in series: 20 January 1996

Broadcast history

10 Feb 1996 21:45-22:05 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-02-08.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 10 February 199619960210

Producer: A.

APPLETON

Next in series: 02 March 1996

Previous in series: 20 January 1996

Broadcast history

10 Feb 1996 21:45-22:05 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-02-08.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 20 January 199619960120

Producer: A.

APPLETON

Next in series: 10 February 1996

Previous in series: 16 December 1995

Broadcast history

20 Jan 1996 21:20-21:40 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-18.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 20 January 199619960120

Producer: A.

APPLETON

Next in series: 10 February 1996

Previous in series: 16 December 1995

Broadcast history

20 Jan 1996 21:20-21:40 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-18.

Strong Words: Modern Poets On Modern Poetry20000926

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

This edition features `Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry', edited by W N Herbert and Matthew Hollis.

An anthology of more than a hundred years of poetic manifestos, the book includes essays by Ezra Pound, W H Auden, Seamus Heaney and Andrew Motion

Strong Words: Modern Poets On Modern Poetry20000926

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

This edition features `Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry', edited by W N Herbert and Matthew Hollis.

An anthology of more than a hundred years of poetic manifestos, the book includes essays by Ezra Pound, W H Auden, Seamus Heaney and Andrew Motion

The Actual19970808

The fifth of 12 monthly programmes in which a leading writer or critic reviews a new publication.

August sees the British publication of a new work from one of the masters of modern fiction - Saul Bellow.

Christopher Bigby discusses his novella `The Actual' and reflects on the literary career of a writer awarded the Nobel Prize for combining human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture.

The Actual19970808

The fifth of 12 monthly programmes in which a leading writer or critic reviews a new publication.

August sees the British publication of a new work from one of the masters of modern fiction - Saul Bellow.

Christopher Bigby discusses his novella `The Actual' and reflects on the literary career of a writer awarded the Nobel Prize for combining human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture.

The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King19990319

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

American historian Clayborne Carson has recently published `The Autobiography of Martin Luther King', more than 30 years after the assassination of the civil rights leader.

Can this compilation of King's speeches and writing open up a new understanding of his life and influence? Poet and novelist Fred D'Aguiar investigates.

The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King19990319

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

American historian Clayborne Carson has recently published `The Autobiography of Martin Luther King', more than 30 years after the assassination of the civil rights leader.

Can this compilation of King's speeches and writing open up a new understanding of his life and influence? Poet and novelist Fred D'Aguiar investigates.

The Collected Poems Of Peter Porter19990209

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

John Kinsella considers `The Collected Poems of Peter Porter'.

One of the country's most distinguished literary figures, Porter celebrates his seventieth birthday next week.

He moved to Britain from Australia in 1951, and his enormous output has influenced writers on both sides of the world.

`The Collected Poems' includes his Whitbread Award-winning collection `The Automatic Oracle', as well as an entirely new collection, `Both Ends against the Middle'.

The Collected Poems Of Peter Porter19990209

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

John Kinsella considers `The Collected Poems of Peter Porter'.

One of the country's most distinguished literary figures, Porter celebrates his seventieth birthday next week.

He moved to Britain from Australia in 1951, and his enormous output has influenced writers on both sides of the world.

`The Collected Poems' includes his Whitbread Award-winning collection `The Automatic Oracle', as well as an entirely new collection, `Both Ends against the Middle'.

The Deregulated Muse19980404

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

In `The Deregulated Muse' the poet Sean O'Brien surveys contemporary ENGLISH and Irish poetry, including the quarrels, achievements and influences of established figures, like Larkin and Hughes, and newcomers.

The Deregulated Muse19980404

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

In `The Deregulated Muse' the poet Sean O'Brien surveys contemporary ENGLISH and Irish poetry, including the quarrels, achievements and influences of established figures, like Larkin and Hughes, and newcomers.

The Dragon In The Land Of Snows19990114

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

In `The Dragon in the Land of Snows', Tibetan historian Tsering Shakya draws on a mass of oral and arcHIVal sources to uncover the story of Tibet's struggle to maintain independence.

In the first such history from a Tibetan writer, he looks at the subsequent story of Chinese attempts at unification and at the background to current and future developments in the area.

The Dragon In The Land Of Snows19990114

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

In `The Dragon in the Land of Snows', Tibetan historian Tsering Shakya draws on a mass of oral and arcHIVal sources to uncover the story of Tibet's struggle to maintain independence.

In the first such history from a Tibetan writer, he looks at the subsequent story of Chinese attempts at unification and at the background to current and future developments in the area.

The Gentleman19980505

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

Hogarth biographer Jenny Uglow reviews Amanda Vickery's `The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Victorian ENGLAND'.

The Gentleman19980505

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

Hogarth biographer Jenny Uglow reviews Amanda Vickery's `The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Victorian ENGLAND'.

The Language Instinct,19980120

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

Stephen Pinker, author of `The Language Instinct,' takes on one of the most contentious issues in modern science in his new book `How the Mind Works'.

In his account of mental processes, he challenges a wide range of assumptions about such issues as parental influences, religion and spiritual yearning.

Richard Gregory considers Pinker's theory and its implications in his review.

The Language Instinct,19980120

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

Stephen Pinker, author of `The Language Instinct,' takes on one of the most contentious issues in modern science in his new book `How the Mind Works'.

In his account of mental processes, he challenges a wide range of assumptions about such issues as parental influences, religion and spiritual yearning.

Richard Gregory considers Pinker's theory and its implications in his review.

The Slave Trade: The History Of The Atlantic Slave Trade 1440-187019971111

Monthly review programme examining one of the most interesting new publications.

November's choice is `The Slave Trade: the History of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440-1870' by Hugh Thomas.

The Atlantic slave trade was one of the most elaborate and inhumane commercial ventures ever.

Between 1492 and 1870, around ten million black slaves were transported from Africa.

In his wide-ranging survey, the acclaimed historian Hugh Thomas attempts a comprehensive account of the trade and its motivation.

The Slave Trade: The History Of The Atlantic Slave Trade 1440-187019971111

Monthly review programme examining one of the most interesting new publications.

November's choice is `The Slave Trade: the History of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440-1870' by Hugh Thomas.

The Atlantic slave trade was one of the most elaborate and inhumane commercial ventures ever.

Between 1492 and 1870, around ten million black slaves were transported from Africa.

In his wide-ranging survey, the acclaimed historian Hugh Thomas attempts a comprehensive account of the trade and its motivation.

Thrust His Gift In Prison Till It Died19980310

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

In mid-life, Matthew Arnold abandoned poetry to concentrate on education and social reform and, as Auden was to say, `thrust his gift in prison till it died'.

In his new biography, `A Gift Imprisoned: the Poetic Life of Matthew Arnold', Ian Hamilton explores the personal conflict behind this decision.

Does it reflect a loss of creative confidence or a fiercer love of duty? In his review, Valentine Cunningham considers the widespread conflict of the public and private in Victorian poetry.

Thrust His Gift In Prison Till It Died19980310

An extended review of one of the month's most interesting new publications.

In mid-life, Matthew Arnold abandoned poetry to concentrate on education and social reform and, as Auden was to say, `thrust his gift in prison till it died'.

In his new biography, `A Gift Imprisoned: the Poetic Life of Matthew Arnold', Ian Hamilton explores the personal conflict behind this decision.

Does it reflect a loss of creative confidence or a fiercer love of duty? In his review, Valentine Cunningham considers the widespread conflict of the public and private in Victorian poetry.

A Strange Eventful History20000215

Political journalist Anthony Howard presents an extended review of one of the month's significant new publications.

As the Labour Party celebrates its centenary, Edmund Dell's `A Strange Eventful History' traces the story of democratic socialism in Britain.

A Strange Eventful History20000215

Political journalist Anthony Howard presents an extended review of one of the month's significant new publications.

As the Labour Party celebrates its centenary, Edmund Dell's `A Strange Eventful History' traces the story of democratic socialism in Britain.