Zulfikar Ghose

COLUMN: THE SYCORAX SYNDROME

COLUMN: THE SYCORAX SYNDROME

In an unpublished essay composed some 10 years ago, titled ‘The Sycorax Syndrome’, English poet Christopher Middleton

Published Jun 28, 2020 06:56am
COLUMN: VERGA AND ITALIAN MODERNISM

COLUMN: VERGA AND ITALIAN MODERNISM

The eminence claimed for Lampedusa is based on referring to his novel as that by a Sicilian writing about Sicily.

Updated May 03, 2020 12:40pm
COLUMN: TWO POEMS

COLUMN: TWO POEMS

Two unpublished poems from the writer…

Published Mar 08, 2020 08:19am
COLUMN: BOMBAL AND HER VISION

COLUMN: BOMBAL AND HER VISION

Long before the much-celebrated Latin American boom that is associated with the 1967 publication of One Hundred ...

Updated Dec 30, 2019 02:30pm
COLUMN: THE MAKING OF DJUNA BARNES

COLUMN: THE MAKING OF DJUNA BARNES

Reading T.S. Eliot’s letters, one learns how an obscure work by an unknown writer is pushed to the attention of a...

Updated Oct 28, 2019 11:39am
COLUMN: THE CASE OF GEORGE BARKER

COLUMN: THE CASE OF GEORGE BARKER

The letters in the seventh volume of T.S. Eliot’s massive correspondence — written during 1934-35 when he was a...

Updated Aug 26, 2019 09:55am
COLUMN: PASSAGE TO BEAUTY

COLUMN: PASSAGE TO BEAUTY

As we read in history, since ancient times the Indian subcontinent has attracted explorers and invaders to raid its...

Updated Jun 24, 2019 09:40am
COLUMN: UNPOETIC POETS

COLUMN: UNPOETIC POETS

Much of today’s English-language poetry seems to be written by people who believe themselves to be poets, but have...

Published Apr 28, 2019 07:16am
COLUMN: IN MEMORIAM TENNYSON

COLUMN: IN MEMORIAM TENNYSON

Some years ago I visited the English department of a university in Pakistan and, on entering the chairman’s ...

Updated Nov 26, 2018 03:32pm
COLUMN: PEREC AND THE PUZZLED SELF

COLUMN: PEREC AND THE PUZZLED SELF

Many readers may have heard of a French novel called La Disparition by Georges Perec, written without using the...

Updated Sep 16, 2018 10:37am
COLUMN: EXILED AMONG SPIDERS

COLUMN: EXILED AMONG SPIDERS

Summertime and the tourists are abroad, I among them, seeing the world through a veil of ignorance cast over it like...

Published Jul 22, 2018 07:59am
COLUMN: AMONG EYELESS STATUES

COLUMN: AMONG EYELESS STATUES

The shock that then jolts the reader is the substitution in the reader’s mind of the rats by people...

Published May 20, 2018 08:02am
COLUMN: ALL BECAUSE ALICE WAS TIRED

COLUMN: ALL BECAUSE ALICE WAS TIRED

When John Ashbery died last summer, I was reminded of the novel he co-wrote with James Schuyler, A Nest of Ninnies,...

Updated Jan 14, 2018 06:42pm

COLUMN: A HERO OF OUR TIME

At another time in another place, a writer complained in the preface to his novel.

Updated Nov 13, 2017 11:47am
COLUMN: SO, YOU WANT TO BE PUBLISHED?

COLUMN: SO, YOU WANT TO BE PUBLISHED?

Half a century ago, a competition for a first book of poems, to be judged by W.H. Auden and Stephen Spender, for...

Published Sep 17, 2017 07:01am
COLUMN: The Unforgettable Hatterr

COLUMN: The Unforgettable Hatterr

There’s many a neglected genius in literary history. Sometimes, chance leads one to discover a work of...

Updated Apr 10, 2017 05:24pm
COLUMN: What’s it all about?

COLUMN: What’s it all about?

REVIEWING a new play on the radio, a drama critic described it at length — a soldier returning from Afghanistan...

Updated Feb 05, 2017 09:32am