Daniel Swift is the author of Bomber County: The Lost Airmen of World War Two (longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Guardian First Book award), Shakespeare’s Common Prayers: The Book of Common Prayer and the Elizabethan Age, and The Bughouse: The Poetry, Politics, and Madness of Ezra Pound. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the New Statesman, and Harper’s. He teaches at the New College of the Humanities in London.
Learing This Sad Time: On Edward St. Aubyn’s “Dunbar”
It is foolish to ask: is this novel as good as "King Lear?" But it is as foolish to restate the prejudice that Shakespeare is the incomparable great bard....