Oscar Wilde’s short stories for children are magnificent, especially ‘The Happy Prince’, ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’, and ‘The Selfish Giant’. Equally, his plays have a sparkling brilliance unmatched, I think, by any other British playwright. What could be wittier than ‘The Importance of being Earnest’? And his one novel, A Picture of Dorian Gray, is… Read More Oscar Wilde: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. A Review.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Penguin Books, Penguin has released 80 Little Black Classics, each priced at 80p. They are mostly less well-known pieces by famous figures. Besides the serious danger of Penguin bankrupting me (I am trying, oh so hard, not to buy too many!), it is a brilliant idea. They are short,… Read More Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: My Dearest Father. A Review.
I’ve just got back from a research trip to the National Archives. The allure of the rest of London, however, was too great to resist, and so the highlights of the last few days are not fading sheets of parchment, I’m afraid. Perhaps I’m a new, and inferior, model of historian. I can report, from… Read More The Great Wen Of London
Christ is risen! Today is Easter Sunday for us Orthodox Christians – the most special day in the year. And so, I’d like to share the extraordinarily beautiful Orthodox Easter hymn (the Paschal troparion). We sing it several times in the Easter Sunday liturgy, proclaiming the joy of Christ’s resurrection, and will continue to do… Read More Orthodox Easter Hymn