TS Eliot, the poet and the professor

Would the writer have approved of Christopher Ricks’s huge annotated collection of his work? By John Sutherland

A copy of the best-known portrait of Percy Bysshe Shelley. The oil on canvas work was painted in 1900 by Malcolm Steward
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Simon Schama on the rediscovery of Shelley

What a long-lost early work tells us about the Romantic and revolutionary poet

The Trump effect

An impressive biography and a pitch for the US presidency offer conflicting narratives, writes Edward Luce

The spy who became John le Carré

George Smiley’s creator is more than a genre specialist — he is one of the most accomplished postwar British novelists, writes Jason Cowley

President Barack Obama, Congressman John Lewis and former president George W Bush join hands during a prayer at the commemorations marking 50 years since the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, March 2015

‘Awakening’, by Marilynne Robinson

The writer considers the weakening bonds between church and state in America

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Job for the droids

We need to decide how we want to live with robots — before it’s too late

Andrew Davidson
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The few and the many

Could the pursuit of equality be philosophically indefensible? Julian Baggini weighs the arguments over the ‘1 per cent’

Ted Hughes with Sylvia Plath in 1958
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‘Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life’, by Jonathan Bate

An ‘unauthorised’ biography of the poet raises troubling questions, writes John Sutherland

Detail of Titian’s ‘The Flaying of Marsyas’ (c1570-1575)
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‘Portraits: John Berger on Artists’

Jackie Wullschlager reviews a ‘volume whose breadth and depth bring it close to a definitive self-portrait of one of Britain’s most original thinkers’

Henry Kissinger, photographed in 1958
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‘Kissinger’, by Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson builds a picture of the diplomat as a man driven by principle more than pragmatism. Review by Chris Patten