Tag: Books


10 of the Best Poems about Venice

Venice is a destination on many a bucket list, and the distinctive topography and geography of the city have made it a popular tourist attraction for centuries. And poets throughout the centuries have used Venice as a backdrop for their work, or have sung the city’s praises. So here are […]


10 of the Best Poems about Power

Power is a key theme for some of the greatest literature: kingly power in Shakespeare’s history plays, the power of magic in classic fantasy fiction, and the power of the gods in ancient epic poems. But how have poets written about power and power structures, or the struggle for power? […]

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The Best of the Horror Story

In this week’s Dispatches from The Secret Library, Dr Oliver Tearle reviews a new anthology of classic horror stories Shortly after receiving my review copies of Darryl Jones’s informative and engaging history of the horror genre, Sleeping with the Lights On, the publishers, Oxford University Press, sent me another recent […]