Author Archives: James J. Conway

Places: Nevill Holt

The birthplace and childhood home of Nancy Cunard

Places: Nevill Holt

The birthplace and childhood home of Nancy Cunard

The Pepys of sleep

Michel Leiris’s 1961 dream diary, Nights as Day, Days as Night

The Pepys of sleep

Michel Leiris’s 1961 dream diary, Nights as Day, Days as Night

Pearls: Octave Mirbeau

The great provocateur of French letters, who died 100 years ago today

Pearls: Octave Mirbeau

The great provocateur of French letters, who died 100 years ago today

La vie en Palais Rose

The collection of Boni de Castellane and Anna Gould

La vie en Palais Rose

The collection of Boni de Castellane and Anna Gould

17-plus books for 2017

Dead poets, nude dancers, good bohemians, mystical Symbolists, jaded aristocrats, queer courtiers and blind men at play in a realm of dreams and voodoo

17-plus books for 2017

Dead poets, nude dancers, good bohemians, mystical Symbolists, jaded aristocrats, queer courtiers and blind men at play in a realm of dreams and voodoo

Late entries

A few book titles from late 2016 you may have missed…

Late entries

A few book titles from late 2016 you may have missed…

Ta-ra Rasputin

100 years since feckless, frocked-up Felix Yusupov helped eliminate the man who held Russia’s imperial family under his spell

Ta-ra Rasputin

100 years since feckless, frocked-up Felix Yusupov helped eliminate the man who held Russia’s imperial family under his spell

“Suicide must be a vocation”

“You are all poets and I’m on the side of death.” It’s Demotivational Quote of the Day brought to you by everyone’s favourite Dadaist nihilist, Jacques Rigaut.

“Suicide must be a vocation”

“You are all poets and I’m on the side of death.” It’s Demotivational Quote of the Day brought to you by everyone’s favourite Dadaist nihilist, Jacques Rigaut.

Walking in a Weimar wonderland

Walking in Berlin, Franz Hessel’s classic non-fiction account of the city in the Weimar era, finally available in English

Walking in a Weimar wonderland

Walking in Berlin, Franz Hessel’s classic non-fiction account of the city in the Weimar era, finally available in English

Rinaldo Hopf: Klaus und Erika Mann (detail)

All I’ve got is a s-s-s-single bed

Klaus Mann entertains gentlemen callers in a new Berlin exhibition which also addresses sister Erika

Rinaldo Hopf: Klaus und Erika Mann (detail)

All I’ve got is a s-s-s-single bed

Klaus Mann entertains gentlemen callers in a new Berlin exhibition which also addresses sister Erika

Pearls: Erika Mann

“An investigation has been going on that could not help casting doubts upon my character…”

Pearls: Erika Mann

“An investigation has been going on that could not help casting doubts upon my character…”

A dandy in aspic

Monsieur de Bougrelon covers the waterfront in Jean Lorrain’s singular, intoxicating novella

A dandy in aspic

Monsieur de Bougrelon covers the waterfront in Jean Lorrain’s singular, intoxicating novella

Working the room

British poet David Gascoyne, born 100 years ago today, lets his dinner – and his date – go cold as he pursues Charles Henri Ford into the Montparnassian night…

Working the room

British poet David Gascoyne, born 100 years ago today, lets his dinner – and his date – go cold as he pursues Charles Henri Ford into the Montparnassian night…

Dress-down Friday: Bryher

A startlingly contemporary vision in between-the-wars film

Dress-down Friday: Bryher

A startlingly contemporary vision in between-the-wars film

How to Win against History

A chamber spectacular about the wondrous Henry Cyril Paget

How to Win against History

A chamber spectacular about the wondrous Henry Cyril Paget

Mysterious corners of shade

Occultist poet Berthe de Courrière, who died 100 years ago today

Mysterious corners of shade

Occultist poet Berthe de Courrière, who died 100 years ago today

Phantoms of Surrealism

Sheila Legge, the faceless face of British Surrealism

Phantoms of Surrealism

Sheila Legge, the faceless face of British Surrealism