The Essay

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Cocker Spaniels Nov. 5, 2020

Essay Five: Cocker Spaniels A new series of essays by the very popular Fiona Stafford, Professor of Literature at Somerville College Oxford, following her much praised series of essays The Meaning of Trees and The Meaning of Flowers, Fiona explores famous composers and their devotion to certain dog breeds. Through surprising and insightful stories and discoveries about both the composers and their dogs, the essays provide new insights into the type of people the composers were, their lives and the features of their chosen dog breeds that brought such devotion. Elton John was so devoted to his cocker spaniel, Arthur, …

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Dachshunds Nov. 4, 2020
Famous composers’ devotion to dogs. Britten and Bernstein were obsessed with dachshunds.
Poodles Nov. 4, 2020
Composers' links to certain dog breeds. Haydn’s poodle tale and Chopin’s poodle myth.
Old English Sheepdogs Nov. 3, 2020
Famous composers devoted to dogs. Dame Ethel Smyth’s obsession with Old English sheepdogs.
Newfoundlands Nov. 2, 2020
Famous composers devoted to certain dog breeds. Wagner’s turbulent life with Newfoundlands
Cape Town Oct. 26, 2020
Lindsay Johns ends a series of essays on cities changed by African migration in Cape Town
Fort-de-France Oct. 26, 2020
Lindsay Johns' tour of cities influenced by Africa continues in Fort-de- France.
Kingston Oct. 26, 2020
In Kingston, Jamaica, Lindsay Johns explores another city influenced by African migration.
Philadelphia Oct. 26, 2020
Lindsay Johns continues exploring cities influenced by African migration, in Philadelphia.
Marseille Oct. 26, 2020
Lindsay Johns discusses how Marseille has been influenced by African migration.
The woman with the spoon Oct. 16, 2020
Peter Brathwaite takes us into the world of his Rediscovering #BlackPortraiture project.
The man with the pipe Oct. 15, 2020
Peter Brathwaite takes us into the world of his Rediscovering #BlackPortraiture project
Peter Brathwaite takes us into the world of his Rediscovering #BlackPortraiture project
Peter Brathwaite takes us into the world of his Rediscovering #BlackPortraiture project
Peter Brathwaite takes us into the world of his Rediscovering #BlackPortraiture project
Michael Manley Oct. 9, 2020
Writer Colin Grant asks who is black and who isn’t – and who gets to decide?
Sandra Laing Oct. 8, 2020
Writer Colin Grant explores the history and consequences of racial passing.
Bert Williams Oct. 7, 2020
Writer Colin Grant explores the history and evolution of minstrelsy.
John Howard Griffin Oct. 6, 2020
Colin Grant examines how black people often experience invisibility in wider society.
Peter Fryer Oct. 5, 2020
Colin Grant explores whether it’s appropriate for a white writer to write black history.