Neil Rathmell – writer

100+ essays on literary topics

D.H.Lawrence and the urge to write

The urge to write is not unusual. When I was a teacher I saw it in many of the children I taught. But not all. Some had a greater urge … Continue reading

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Period drama

Period drama has been a staple of British television for as long as anyone can remember. Classic novels of the past, including nearly everything by Charles Dickens, have been dramatised … Continue reading

October 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Shakespeare’s only one act play

A Yorkshire Tragedy is not one of Shakespeare’s better known plays. It was listed in the Stationers’ Register in 1608 as a play by William Shakespeare first performed by the … Continue reading

October 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Shakespeare and the invention of theatre

There were no theatres when Shakespeare was a boy. The plays he watched would have been performed either in a church or on the street, unless he was fortunate enough … Continue reading

September 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Two poets from Hull

Philip Larkin’s poems have an epigrammatic quality that is shared with Hull’s other poet, Andrew Marvell. The grave’s a fine and private placeBut none I think do there embrace could … Continue reading

September 12, 2020 · 1 Comment

D.H.Lawrence and the urge to write

The urge to write is not unusual. When I was a teacher I saw it in many of the children I taught. But not all. Some had a greater urge … Continue reading

August 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Three kinds of novel, Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Woodlanders’

The difficulty in reading The Woodlanders is in knowing what kind of novel it is. Sometimes it reads like a psychological case study, sometimes like a fable or even a … Continue reading

August 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

The five acts and four intervals of Henry VIII

Shakespeare’s last play was not The Tempest, but Henry VIII, which was written some two years later. It is easy to read The Tempest as Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage … Continue reading

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Charles Dickens, dramatist

What makes a writer choose to write in one form rather than another? Is it a matter of choice, or do poets, playwright and novelists have poetry, plays and novels … Continue reading

July 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

Shakespeare and the modern novel

Shakespeare must have read anything and everything that came his way, not just the sources for his plays, which are well known, not just the classical authors who, if Ben … Continue reading

March 16, 2020 · Leave a comment