An armoured car at Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, during Republican hunger strike protests in April 1920. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

The War of Independence is best remembered for the events of 1920. This was the year of Bloody Sunday; the burnings of Cork, Balbriggan and Trim; the (...)

 Demonstrators march to protest against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody, in Los Angeles on Saturday. Photograph: Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images

The novelist William Faulkner said: “The past is not dead. It is not even past.” The past 72 hours of burning US cities triggered parallels with 1968 (...)

Organisers of the Nobel Prize in Literature are investigating a hoax phone call informing the Irish writer John Banville (pictured) that he was to receive this year’s award. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The organisers of the Nobel Prize for Literature are investigating a hoax phone call informing the Irish author John Banville that he was to rece(...)

 Sports Illustrated announced last week that it was laying off half its staff. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/New York Times

On the afternoon last week when Sports Illustrated announced it was laying off half its staff and Americans of a certain age sighed upon hearing one m(...)

US novelist William Melvin Kelley in Paris 1968:  moving, honest account of a young black man trying to find his way in a hostile world.

Regular readers of New Fiction may remember a review late last year of a rediscovered classic, the African-American author William Melvin Kelley’s A D(...)

In his 1872 poetry collection The Terrible Year, the great French writer Victor Hugo wrote, “Je voudrais n’être pas Français pour pouvoir dire/ Q(...)

Author Philip Roth, at home in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in January 2018. Photograph: Philip Montgomery/The New York Times

With the death of Richard Wilbur in October, Philip Roth became the longest-serving member in the literature department of the American Academy of Art(...)

Ernest Hemingway: “Always stop while you are going good.” Photograph: Lloyd Arnold/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Over the past year, Helen Gordon and I have been putting together Being a Writer, a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite (...)

Torch-bearing white nationalists rally around a statue of Thomas Jefferson near the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on August 11th. Photograph: Edu Bayer/The New York Times

“The past is never dead. In fact, it’s not even past.” So wrote the great Southern author William Faulkner. I was reminded of his quote as I watched t(...)

African American student James Meredith walks across the University of Mississippi campus after class amid the stares and jeers of fellow students back in 1962. Photograph: Getty Images

In the fifth part of her series “Coast to Coast: Travels in Trump’s America”, Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch travels to Oxford and Cleveland. (...)

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