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Francesca Peacock is a Books and Arts contributor at The Spectator World and the deputy online editor of the Critic.
Celebrations of her novel Mrs. Dalloway should be more raucous than they are
By Francesca Peacock
It’s a time of nostalgia, of seeking that which is perpetually, unrecoverably lost
The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón and My Grief, The Sun by Sanna Wani reviewed
The gender fiction gap isn’t as modern as we think
The underappreciated artist is getting some well-deserved attention
Eliot lingered in Dylan’s consciousness as he sought to answer the question “what is it?”
His latest collection shows the limits of confessional poems
He’s being attacked as a colonialist but his work was far more complex and erotic than that
We must begrudgingly acknowledge what the author got right
He and the Beats aren’t nearly as good as annoying young men imagine
Those attacking the Ukrainian-American poet for making light of crisis are misreading him
A new book documents how art emerged out of brutality and socialism
There have always been brilliant books limited to small spaces and situations
It doesn’t need to die; it just needs to find a life beyond its author
She was a woman to whom words mattered, whether writing about the Sixties gone wrong or California identity
Ocean Vuong’s immature poetry
Time for Jack Kerouac to hit the road
Why don’t men read novels?
Don’t cancel John Donne’s poetry
Ilya Kaminsky’s poetry in a time of war
A quiet delight
Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.