At the Pillars of Hercules
First published to great acclaim in 1979, Clive James's second book of criticism At the Pillars of Hercules (a title taken from a certain Soho pub) confirmed his place as a writer of immense talent, and as entertaining and elegant as ever.
His main topics are contemporary poetry, aesthetics and the theory and practice of criticism, the popular novel, and the literature of modern history and politics. His discussions range from the legacy of Auden and Larkin to Gore Vidal and Lord Longford. His inimitable wit and candour are ever present in this collection of criticism, featuring a previously unpublished introduction.