John Dryden

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 As for the sentence-ending prepositions John Dryden didn’t like, he was only expressing an opinion. It took another century for this to harden into a rule.

It probably didn’t cost them the election, or maybe even a single vote. But there must have been many people of a certain age who thought Fine Gael’s (...)

William Congreve in 1709. Painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The writer William Congreve, who was born 350 years ago, began and ended life in England. But in between, he spent formative years in this country, th(...)

Fortgranite Estate in Baltinglass in Co Wicklow

The forthcoming sale of the contents of Fortgranite Estate in Baltinglass in Co Wicklow by Fonsie Mealy offers an insight into the remarkable history (...)

It is rare when a property comes to the market in Ireland that its rich historical legacy is more deserving of a book rather than a small synopsis in (...)

Halcyon means “kingfisher” in Greek, and the phrase is founded on a charming myth, involving the marriage of Alcyone – daughter of Aeolus, the god of winds – and Ceyx, son of the morning star  

In case you missed it on Wednesday, we have now entered the Halcyon Days of 2016. No, not in the usual figurative sense of that term.   You’d se(...)

Portrait of Nikolai Leskov by Valentin Serov 1894.

‘Here is God’s plenty,” remarked the English poet John Dryden of The Canterbury Tales. A similar comment could apply to the work of the 19th-century R(...)