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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…
John Banville on Raymond Chandler, literary inhabitation, and the stylish prose of dishwasher instruction manuals