Neil Rathmell – writer

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Tag Archives: Manzoni

British values and English literature

Recent attempts by the British government to remind British citizens of the importance of British values, to encourage parents to instil them in their children and to require state-funded schools … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment


Peasants were a familiar part of the landscape of Russian literature until as a class, with the end of serfdom and the beginning of communism, they ceased to exist. We … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Required reading

Alessandro Manzoni, like Emily Brontë, wrote only one novel. In Emily Brontë’s case it was because she died only a year after Wuthering Heights was published. I Promessi Sposi was … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · 1 Comment