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Peter Shaw


Cutting A Classic Down to Size

That Moby-Dick is an adventure story with a meaning was as apparent to reviewers in 1851 as to the academics who have studied it from a spectrum of points of view in the course of the 20th century. Melville, as scholarship has amply shown, was a life [...]

The Retreat From Liberalism

The past few years have provided a number of intellectual magazines with anniversaries on which they could survey their roles in contemporary politics and culture. In 1985, in a 20th anniversary issue, The Public Interest reviewed its increasingly [...]