As the Nazis enclosed Warsaw’s Jewish quarter in a ghetto, a librarian set up a secret children’s library.
Dinner parties in the ‘Revolutionary Age’ with the publisher Joseph Johnson.
Evliya Çelebi was born on 25 March 1611.
Early modern parish libraries, frequently established for the benefit of the general public, were often deliberately inaccessible.
For most Egyptians the country’s independence came with the revolution of July 1952, not with the end of the British protectorate in February 1922. Yet, as the experiences of three patriotic writers show, independence did not mean freedom.
Sherlock Holmes is the 19th century’s most famous cocaine user, but why did he take it?
A speculative novel about an amphibious threat held dire warnings for interwar Europe.
On the 100th anniversary of its publication, James Joyce’s Ulysses is widely regarded as a groundbreaking work of fiction, but can literature have any impact outside the confines of culture?
The author of the quaint, but much-loved Ladybird books was also a radical playwright.
Mills & Boon’s medical romances helped make the NHS more appealing to an ambivalent public.