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Like a herald of lost Atlantis, Gregor MacGregor arrived in 19th-century London with news of a Central American utopia. Unfortunately, Poyais didn’t exist and its would-be emigrants found only a ‘sinister coast of disillusion’.

Liberty Leading the People, 30 July 1830, by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), painted 1830-31.

A lucid, entertaining history of France and its cultural contribution by an accomplished master of the grand narrative.

Meeting of cultures: Amelia Jackman in a cart, 19th century.

The diaries of a young teacher reveal the complexities of racial tensions in the Gold Coast.

A cautionary Classical tale of solipsism and self-obsession.

‘What will future generations judge us most harshly for? That we allowed Donald Trump to violate the US constitution.’

The two-piece swimsuit was unveiled on 5 July 1946.

The exotic dead animals that appeared in the menageries of Victorian Britain’s grand exhibitions were far from perfect specimens. Stuffed, stitched, painted hybrids – accuracy was not a priority.

Aeneas Introducing Cupid Dressed as Ascanius to Dido, by Giambattista Tiepolo, 1757.

A translator alters more than a text’s language, turning the process into a political statement.

Miranda, Prospero and Ariel from The Tempest.

Two fascinating, in-depth studies look, respectively, at representations of the Bard as a historical character and perceptions of his originality and reputation.

From the heart of Europe to the world: Philip Roth (and Franz Kafka), 1968.

The late, great American novelist performed an important, but little-known, cultural role during the Cold War.