Arts & Books

Charting the toxic and tragic marriage of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

The limits of the ‘new monasticism’

Not even a stroke could halt the composer’s incredible creativity,

All the Hills and Vales Along is a stunning evocation of one young soldier’s experience of the battlefield

Lorenzo Lotto’s works rivalled the extravagance of his sitters

Alfred Bruneau’s composition is so extravagant that few ever dare to perform it. A London church dared to try – and triumphed

American traditions may be recent, but that doesn’t make them inauthentic – and it hasn’t stopped them from conquering the planet

Christopher Altieri welcomes Philip Lawler’s analysis of the US hierarchy’s failings

Matt Thorne on the final instalment of a literary sensation