London based critic and writer; recovering academic specialising in early modern literature and classical reception. In addition to some longer fiction and non-fiction projects, I review books on a variety of topics for The Telegraph, and am a regular features and reviews writer on art for Frieze...
‘What can I say about Adam beyond complaining, in vain and too late?” asked Francesco Petrarch in Of Famous Men in 1337. As stories go, there is really not much to it. In Petrarch’s book, the biography of the father of all mankind is a single, short paragraph: Adam was born in God’s image, into a place without pain, “in every way a perfect man and in every way perfectly happy”; then he preferred “a woman’s whispering over divine command” and ruined everything.
Tim Smith-Laing reviews Freud: the Making of an Illusion by Frederick CrewsLike his own “revenants”, Sigmund Freud will not go away. When he died in 1939 he had already become, in W H Auden’s words, “no more a person now/ but a whole climate of opinion”. And these days too, as Frederick Crews grudgingly admits in this combative new biography, his cultural reach remains unparalleled.
A few days ago I finished translating Paul Valéry’s Le Cimetière Marin. I was pleased to finish, considering that it must have taken me a little over two years. It’s easy enough to lose track of time, but I know that I can’t have started more than three years ago. When I picked up my copy of Valéry’s poems from an Oxfam bookshop, I noted the date inside the front cover. It’s not something I normally do. I have a private ritual of writing my name in all the books I buy, but I don’t date them.
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