Scott Bradfield

Reading pulp fiction taught me how to write, said S.J. Perelman

18 May 2024 9:00 am

The great humourist ascribes his success to the hours he spent deep in the adventures of Tarzan and Fu Manchu – and watching lurid B movies in afternoon cinemas

The lonely passions of Carson McCullers

9 March 2024 9:00 am

McCullers’s acclaimed first novel, written when she was 23, drew her into the orbit of several female writers with whom she fell in love – but it was never reciprocated for long

In search of utopia: Chevengur, by Andrey Platonov, reviewed

28 October 2023 9:00 am

After crossing the vast steppe, Sasha Dvanov reaches an isolated town where the communist ideal appears to have been achieved. But at what cost?

The extraordinary – and haunting – life of Lafcadio Hearn

16 September 2023 9:00 am

The author’s Japanese ghost stories brought him fame and fortune – but his own life was even stranger than fiction

The tragically short life of Bruno Schulz – and his complicated legacy

15 April 2023 9:00 am

The Polish-Jewish writer and artist enjoyed all too brief acclaim before his murder in 1942. Benjamin Balint describes the ongoing battle for ownership of his final works

Tales of old Hollywood are always entertaining – even when they’re apocryphal

10 December 2022 9:00 am

If the early days lacked glamour, they certainly provided the best anecdotes, according to a new oral history

Harpo Marx – genius, idiot savant or lovable overgrown child?

20 August 2022 9:00 am

It’s hard (if not impossible) to imagine a world worth living in that doesn’t include the Marx Brothers; and equally…

Is Mark Twain’s old age best forgotten?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Mark Twain conquered almost every challenge that came his way except old age. Living well into his seventies, he was…

Life’s dark side: the catastrophic world of Stephen Crane

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Long before Ernest Hemingway wasted his late career playing the he-man on battlefields and in fishing boats, or Norman Mailer…

Bugsy Siegel — the gangster straight out of a Hollywood movie

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel was about as meta-gangsterish as a real life gangster could get. Born in the slums of Manhattan’s…

Murder most casual: why Patricia Highsmith’s thrillers are so chilling

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Patricia Highsmith’s life was filled with more eccentric, disturbing brilliance than most readers can normally handle; and so the chief…

No writer was better suited to chronicle the Depression than John Steinbeck

28 November 2020 9:00 am

John Steinbeck didn’t believe in God — but he didn’t believe much in humanity either. When push came to shove,…