Category Archives Literature

Jane Austen and Slavery by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, July 2007.  Edward Said’s most egregious misreading of a literary work concerns Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park [1814].  Even before mangling Austen, Edward Said was responsible for having created an atmosphere of hostility and prejudice against the West and Western culture—from painting to literature.  In […]

Literary Review’s Bad Sex Awards, 2008 by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, December  2008.    The best and the worst attitudes of the English to sex were on display in recent weeks in London. The English are embarrassed about sex, and often seem to think that it is only snigger worthy, but, at the […]

Sir Walter Scott, Jews and Saracens, and Other Sundry Subjects by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, May 2009.  PART ONE Edward Said, the late Professor of Comparative Literature at Columbia University, has, in his influential Orientalism, a characteristically shallow, sneering aside on Sir Walter Scott, and, in particular, on his novel, The Talisman:   […]

Sir Walter Scott’s Treatment of Jews in Ivanhoe by Ibn Warraq   From New English Review, July 2009.  It was argued by Leon Poliakov and others[1] that the portrait of Isaac the Jew in Ivanhoe is generally an unfavourable one, indeed an unflattering stereoptype derived from The Merchant of Venice and Marlowe’s The Jew of […]

George Eliot, Daniel Deronda, & Zionism: Some Observations by Ibn Warraq   From New English Review, December 2009. Part One: A. George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda was first published in 1876, and proved to be her last novel. The novel begins in August 1865, and is thus set in, and a searching analysis of, the Victorian society […]

Books Do Furnish A Mind, Part III by Ibn Warraq I do not know that I am happiest alone; but this I am sure of, that I am never long even in the society of her I love without a yearning for the company of my lamp and my utterly confused and tumbled-over library. – Byron, […]

Books Do Furnish A Mind, Part II by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, May 2015 “Someday I will go to London and revisit all the places where I housed at the time of my greatest poverty. I have not seen them for a quarter of a century or so….I see the winding way by […]

Books Do Furnish A Mind, Part I by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, March 2015. “…some covet to have libraries in their houses, as ladies desire to have cupboards of plate in their chambers, only for show; as if they were only to furnish their rooms, and not their minds”. –Sir William Waller,1 Meditation […]

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