Interview with Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life and Times

First appeared in Guerilla Magazine Charles Foran: Mordecai Richler was a person of notable contradictions: a Jew accused of being anti-Semitic; an ‘un-Canadian’ Canadian; a dutiful son who hated his mother. Nigel Beale: How do you think this kind of ‘definition by opposition’ played out … Continue readingInterview with Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life and Times

Fiction and Biography: Somerset Maugham and Of Human Bondage

First appeared in The Guardian In a previous post here, I argue that familiarity with the life of an author enriches the experience of reading their work. It not only influences the way fiction is understood, it also boosts enjoyment. The text remains the same. … Continue readingFiction and Biography: Somerset Maugham and Of Human Bondage