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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
John Florio — lexicographer, raconteur, and supposed model for Shakespeare’s schoolmaster Holofernes, in Love’s Labour’s Lost — was born in London in 1553 to an unidentified Englishwoman and an Italian Protestant who’d…
Elena Passarello on the animal appeal of the human voice and the art of the lyrical essay
I wonder whether they still make kids read that Stephen Spender poem, the one that begins “I think continually of those who were truly great.” I never liked that poem, as…