The distinguished literary critic gives us his trenchant views on American education and politics today, and tells us about five great works of literary scholarship that have influenced him
William Wordsworth probably did not get his greatest creative impetus from solitude, but from his extremely close relationship with his sister, suggests Oxford scholar Lucy Newlyn
The Harvard professor and author of No Joke: Making Jewish Humour identifies Tevye the Dairyman as the first standup comic and Sigmund Freud as Jewish humour's greatest analyst. She picks the best books on Jewish humour.
The Soviet writer bore witness to the horrors of Russia's World War Two and the Shoah — and deserves a place in literary history, says scholar Maxim D Shrayer. He recommends the best books by and about Vasily Grossman.
The author of one of the best children's books on Greek myths chooses her own favourites. There's one for children, one for teenagers, one for scholars, one to read out loud and one that's very definitely adult in content...
The warnings about the future of society of novels like 1984 may seem less important since the fall of the Soviet Union, but they are all too relevant to China today, argues the Chinese writer.