Zulfikar Ghose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

Fraudulent fame

There may be several reasons why a writer reaches the heights of popularity, but great writing is not necessarily one of Published Dec 25, 2016 07:18am

Extraordinary stories

On some of the best short story writers and how their craft is executed Published Oct 30, 2016 07:27am

Poets as critics

John Dryden and Alexander Pope’s expressions of what constituted a great poem set an example that has been followed by Published Aug 28, 2016 07:24am

The Faustian saga

A look at the German legend of Faust and an array of artistic and literary works it has influenced throughout history Updated Jul 10, 2016 08:45am