Neil Rathmell – writer

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Tag Archives: Homer


Until recently, like most people, all I knew of Longfellow was Hiawatha. I knew the tune anyway. A conversation with a friend who admitted to a liking for the now … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ghost stories

In the literature of classical Greece and Rome, it is the living who visit the dead, not the other way round. Odysseus, with the help of Circe, raises the dead … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

The first modern novel

There are books everyone puts off reading, either because they are too long or because you expect to find them too difficult or too boring. You know you should read … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · 1 Comment