John Keats

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Original 19th-century penny farthing, €4,000-€6,000, Sheppard’s

Sheppard’s will hold a most interesting sale on Tuesday, March 29th, at its saleroom in Durrow. The auction, Irish Vernacular: Private Collection of C(...)

Ben Whishaw: 'I don’t know why coming out took me so long. But it did.' Photograph:  Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty

Ben Whishaw, quite apart from being one of the best British actors, is an expert dunker of his biscuits in tea. I’ve seen it: he’s a McVitie’s ninja, (...)

Jane Campion on the set of The Power of the Dog: Photograph: Cross City Films Limited/Netflix

Published in 1967, Thomas Savage’s ranch western The Power of the Dog opens with a vivid account of cattle castration: “Phil always did the castrating(...)

Lot 2, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Pair of Gold Wedding Rings, £6,000-8,000

Currently open for bidding, Sotheby’s: Your Own Sylvia: Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items sale, which ends on July 21st consists of(...)

If a Dublin gravestone from 1805 is to be believed, Galway-born writer and MP John Wilson Croker may have contributed to the death of actor John Edwin

John Keats was not unique in his time for being the suspected victim of a fatally bad review (Irishman’s Diary, February 18th). Nor was he the only pe(...)

 The death mask of English poet John Keats. Keats’s friends decided that the prescribed, one-line epitaph needed editorialising. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

You might think a great poet would be allowed the last word on his own life, especially when leaving specific directions on the matter. But after John(...)

‘I suspect Keats doesn’t feature much in the latest collection of essays from the Journal for Flann O’Brien Studies: entitled “Gallows Humour”.’ Above, Flann O’Brien. Photograph: The Irish Times

A reader of yesterday’s column has taken me to that always unpleasant venue, Task, over my use of the phrase “main protagonist”.  Since the conte(...)

Fintan O’Toole: ‘The pandemic will have huge effects on what we will be reading and seeing and listening to decades from now.’ File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

I like to imagine that in a parallel universe, there is a discreet brass plate on the door of a fine Georgian house in Dublin, perhaps in Merrion Squa(...)

Virginia Morrow (née Burns). If a best-selling book from decades earlier can be believed, she had once watched her own funeral.

Twenty-five years ago this weekend, there died in Denver, Colorado, a woman named Virginia Morrow (née Burns). But according to at least one obituary,(...)

This time in April used to be marked by a Roman festival celebrating wine.  Photograph: Getty Images

Born 400 years ago on April 24th, John Graunt was a man ahead of his own time and unusually relevant to ours. A hat-maker by profession, he devoted hi(...)

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