Clive James: believed that his prose might find better favour “because people don’t know that it’s writing – it doesn’t bother them. Poetry always says that it’s writing.” Photograph: Hazel Thompson/New York Times

The poet and novelist Dermot Bolger once suggested that the difference between a book of poems and a novel was about £5,000. Despite this financial gu(...)

Arguably the finest work by the great Italian innovator Luigi Pirandello is his absurdist satire Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921). It is v(...)