Scott Bradfield

Is Mark Twain’s old age best forgotten?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Mark Twain conquered almost every challenge that came his way except old age. Living well into his seventies, he was…

Life’s dark side: the catastrophic world of Stephen Crane

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Long before Ernest Hemingway wasted his late career playing the he-man on battlefields and in fishing boats, or Norman Mailer…

Bugsy Siegel — the gangster straight out of a Hollywood movie

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel was about as meta-gangsterish as a real life gangster could get. Born in the slums of Manhattan’s…

Murder most casual: why Patricia Highsmith’s thrillers are so chilling

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Patricia Highsmith’s life was filled with more eccentric, disturbing brilliance than most readers can normally handle; and so the chief…

No writer was better suited to chronicle the Depression than John Steinbeck

28 November 2020 9:00 am

John Steinbeck didn’t believe in God — but he didn’t believe much in humanity either. When push came to shove,…