Essays & Book Contributions

Over the years I have published more than thirty essays in what are chiefly academic journals. An essay of mine on 'D. H. Lawrence and snobbery' appeared in the October 2017 number of Essays in Criticism, and one on 'T. S. Eliot and modernism' in the March 2018 number of the Cambridge Quarterly where I argue that a number of ideas put forward by Eliot in the 1920s, and enthusiastically endorsed by the avant-garde critics of the day, do not in fact hold water and that it is only because he wrote great poetry that they have since been taken so seriously, and had such a catastrophic effect on our culture. Accepted by the editor of Essays in Criticism, but long delayed by the pandemic, is my essay about Launce in Two Gentlemen of Verona as Britain’s first stand-up comic, and the scandalous way he was mis-represented in that deservedly popular film of some years ago, Shakespeare in Love.

Of my dozen or so contributions to edited collections I like to remember an essay that appeared in D. H. Lawrence in Italy and England, edited by George Donaldson and Mara Kalnins, because it describes how, in faithfully following in the footsteps of Lawrence, I was robbed in a manner almost identical to his own description in Aaron's Rod of how he lost his wallet. It was called 'Lawrence, Florence and Theft: Petites misères of biographical enquiry'. Much more recently, I wrote a piece on F. R. Leavis's dealings with Lawrence for Andrew Harrison's Lawrence in Context (CUP, 2018), and another on 'Stendhal, Byron and the Bourbons' for the second volume of a History of the European Restorations, edited by Michael Broers, Ambrogio A. Caini and Stephen Bann (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020).