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Francesca Peacock

Francesca Peacock is a Books and Arts contributor at The Spectator World and the deputy online editor of the Critic.

Books

Virginia Woolf’s very own Bloomsday

Celebrations of her novel Mrs. Dalloway should be more raucous than they are

By Francesca Peacock

Books

Searching for the American summer novel

It’s a time of nostalgia, of seeking that which is perpetually, unrecoverably lost

By Francesca Peacock

Book Review

A quiet delight

The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón and My Grief, The Sun by Sanna Wani reviewed

By Francesca Peacock

Books

Why don’t men read novels?

The gender fiction gap isn’t as modern as we think

By Francesca Peacock

Art

Evelyn Statsinger’s otherwordly art

The underappreciated artist is getting some well-deserved attention

By Francesca Peacock

Poetry

Bob Dylan’s and T.S. Eliot’s search for truth

Eliot lingered in Dylan’s consciousness as he sought to answer the question “what is it?”

By Francesca Peacock

Poetry

Ocean Vuong’s immature poetry

His latest collection shows the limits of confessional poems

By Francesca Peacock

Poetry

Don’t cancel John Donne’s poetry

He’s being attacked as a colonialist but his work was far more complex and erotic than that

By Francesca Peacock

Books

The Stepford Wives and today’s empty feminism

We must begrudgingly acknowledge what the author got right

By Francesca Peacock

Books

Time for Jack Kerouac to hit the road

He and the Beats aren’t nearly as good as annoying young men imagine

By Francesca Peacock

Poetry

Ilya Kaminsky’s poetry in a time of war

Those attacking the Ukrainian-American poet for making light of crisis are misreading him

By Francesca Peacock

Book Review

Writing poetry in East Germany

A new book documents how art emerged out of brutality and socialism

By Francesca Peacock

Books

Reading during a pandemic

There have always been brilliant books limited to small spaces and situations

By Francesca Peacock

Books

Siri Hustvedt and saving the personal essay

It doesn’t need to die; it just needs to find a life beyond its author

By Francesca Peacock

Books

Joan Didion got inside all of us

She was a woman to whom words mattered, whether writing about the Sixties gone wrong or California identity

By Francesca Peacock

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