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  • What makes The Scream so iconic? Sue Prideaux on Radio 4's Today Programme

    Friday, 13 April 2012

    Edvard Munch: Behind the ScreamEdvard Munch's masterpiece The Scream goes on display in London for a week from today, before it's sold at auction in New York. A Sotheby's spokesperson has suggested the artwork's price tag could exceed £50m. Sue Prideaux, biographer and author of Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream discussed the great artist on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, explaining that Munch was hitting 30 when he painted the work and "incredibly unsuccessful as an artist". "He had insanity in his family," she explains, "his sister had just been committed to a madhouse" and he too feared he would go mad. Prideaux's latest biography Strindberg: A Life is available now.

  • Terry Eagleton discusses his new book 'The Event of Literature' (part 1)

    Tuesday, 03 April 2012

    In his new book The Event of Literature Terry Eagleton returns to the discipline to which he has devoted his career: literary theory. The book reconsiders previous stances of lit theory and offers fresh takes on much-studied books and critical theories. Here, in this exclusive author video, Terry discusses his conscious return to pure literary theory, and the implications of this in contemporary culture.

  • The Ancient Olympics, War Without the Shooting: Video interview with Neil Faulkner

    Tuesday, 27 March 2012

    Published this week, A Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient Olympics by Neil Faulkner offers a complete tour of the Olympic site exactly as athletes and spectators found it. The book evokes the sights, sounds and smells of the (rather grim sounding) encampment; introduces the various attendees (from champions and charlatans to aristocrats and prostitutes); and explains the exotic religious rituals. In this interview for Blackwells, Faulkner provides an introduction to the games, vividly describing the spectacle as experienced by a visitor in ancient times. Along the way Faulkner reveals some unusual details. For instance, did you know that the spectators at the games made offerings to Zeus to rid them of flies? Faulkner also offers an explanation for the popularity of the games, as a physical and mental preparation for war...