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''The Times Literary Supplement'' (''TLS'') is a weekly literary review published in London by
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, a subsidiary of
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.


History

The ''TLS'' first appeared in 1902 as a supplement to ''
The Times ''The Times'' is a British Newspaper#Daily, daily Newspaper#National, national newspaper based in London. It began in 1785 under the title ''The Daily Universal Register'', adopting its current name on 1 January 1788. ''The Times'' and its s ...
'' but became a separate publication in 1914. Many distinguished writers have contributed, including
T. S. Eliot Thomas Stearns Eliot (26 September 18884 January 1965) was a poet A poet is a person who creates poetry. Poets may describe themselves as such or be described as such by others. A poet may simply be a writer of poetry, or may perform the ...
,
Henry James Henry James ( – ) was an American-British author. He is regarded as a key transitional figure between literary realism Literary realism is a literary genre, part of the broader realism (arts), realism in arts, that attempts to represent subj ...

Henry James
and
Virginia Woolf Adeline Virginia Woolf (; ; 25 January 1882 28 March 1941) was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist literature, modernist 20th-century authors and a pioneer in the use of Stream of consciousness (narrative mode), ...

Virginia Woolf
. Reviews were normally anonymous until 1974, when signed reviews were gradually introduced during the editorship of
John Gross John Gross FRSL (12 March 1935 – 10 January 2011) was an eminent English man of letters. A leading intellectual, writer, anthologist, and critic, ''The Guardian ''The Guardian'' is a British daily newspaper. It was founded in 1821 a ...

John Gross
. This aroused great controversy. "Anonymity had once been appropriate when it was a general rule at other publications, but it had ceased to be so", Gross said. "In addition I personally felt that reviewers ought to take responsibility for their opinions".
Martin Amis Martin Louis Amis (born 25 August 1949) is a British novelist, essayist, memoirist, and screenwriter. He is best known for his novels ''Money (novel), Money'' (1984) and ''London Fields (novel), London Fields'' (1989). He received the James Tait B ...
was a member of the editorial staff early in his career.
Philip Larkin Philip Arthur Larkin (9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985) was an English poet, novelist, and librarian. His first book of poetry, ''The North Ship'', was published in 1945, followed by two novels, ''Jill (novel), Jill'' (1946) and ''A Girl in Wint ...

Philip Larkin
's poem "Aubade", his final poetic work, was first published in the
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-week issue of the ''TLS'' in 1977. While it has long been regarded as one of the world's pre-eminent critical publications, its history is not without gaffes: it missed
James Joyce James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist , Solomon Guggenheim Museum 1946–1959 Modernism is both a philosoph ...
entirely, and commented only negatively on
Lucian Freud Lucian Michael Freud (; 8 December 1922 – 20 July 2011) was a British painter and draughtsman, specialising in figurative art, and is known as one of the foremost 20th-century English portraitists. He was born in Berlin, the son of Jewish ...
from 1945 until 1978, when a portrait of his appeared on the cover. Its editorial offices are based in The News Building, London. It is edited by
Martin IvensMartin Paul Ivens (born 29 August 1958) is an English journalist and editor of ''The Times Literary Supplement ''The Times Literary Supplement'' (''TLS'') is a weekly literary review published in London by News UK, a subsidiary of News Corp. H ...
, who succeeded
Stig Abell Stephen "Stig" Paul Abell (born 10 April 1980) is an English journalist, newspaper editor and radio presenter. He currently co-presents the Monday to Thursday breakfast show on Times Radio with Aasmah Mir. Abell was from 2016 to 2020 editor ...
in June 2020. The ''TLS'' has included essays, reviews and poems by
John Ashbery John Lawrence Ashbery (July 28, 1927 – September 3, 2017) was an American poet and art critic. Ashbery is considered the most influential American poet of his time. Oxford University literary critic John Bayley wrote that Ashbery "sounded, in p ...

John Ashbery
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Italo Calvino Italo Calvino (, also , ;. RAI (circa 1970), retrieved 25 October 2012. 15 October 1923 – 19 September 1985) was an Italian journalist A journalist is an individual trained to collect/gather information in form of text, audio or pictur ...
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Patricia Highsmith Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 – February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer widely known for her psychological thrillers, including her series of five novels featuring the character Tom Ripley. She wrote 22 novel ...
,
Milan Kundera Milan (, , Milanese: ; it, Milano ) is a city in northern Italy, capital of Lombardy, and the List of cities in Italy, second-most populous city in Italy after Rome. Milan served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire, the Duchy of Milan an ...

Milan Kundera
,
Philip Larkin Philip Arthur Larkin (9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985) was an English poet, novelist, and librarian. His first book of poetry, ''The North Ship'', was published in 1945, followed by two novels, ''Jill (novel), Jill'' (1946) and ''A Girl in Wint ...

Philip Larkin
,
Mario Vargas Llosa Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa, 1st Marquis of Vargas Llosa (born 28 March 1936), more commonly known as Mario Vargas Llosa (; ), is a Peruvian writer, journalist, essayist, college professor, and a former politician. Vargas Llosa is one of Lati ...

Mario Vargas Llosa
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Joseph Brodsky Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky (; russian: Ио́сиф Алекса́ндрович Бро́дский ; 24 May 1940 – 28 January 1996) was a Russian-American poet and essayist. Born in Leningrad Saint Petersburg ( rus, links=no, Санк ...

Joseph Brodsky
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Gore Vidal Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (; born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer and public intellectual An intellectual is a person who engages in critical thinking, research, and Human self-reflection, reflec ...
,
Orhan Pamuk Ferit Orhan Pamuk (born 7 June 1952) is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter, academic and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. One of Turkey's most prominent novelists, his work has sold over thirteen million books in sixty-three langu ...

Orhan Pamuk
,
Geoffrey Hill Sir Geoffrey William Hill, Royal Society of Literature, FRSL (18 June 1932 – 30 June 2016) was an English poet, professor emeritus of English literature and religion, and former co-director of the Editorial Institute, at Boston University. Hil ...
and
Seamus Heaney Seamus Justin Heaney (; 13 April 1939 – 30 August 2013) was an Irish poet, playwright and translator. He received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature ) , image = Nobel Prize.png , caption = , awarded_for = Outstanding contr ...

Seamus Heaney
, among others. Many writers have described the publication as indispensable;
Mario Vargas Llosa Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa, 1st Marquis of Vargas Llosa (born 28 March 1936), more commonly known as Mario Vargas Llosa (; ), is a Peruvian writer, journalist, essayist, college professor, and a former politician. Vargas Llosa is one of Lati ...

Mario Vargas Llosa
, novelist and the 2010 winner of the
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, had once described the ''TLS'' as "...the most serious, authoritative, witty, diverse and stimulating cultural publication in all the five languages I speak."


Editors

* 1902:
James Thursfield Sir James Richard Thursfield (16 November 1840 – 22 November 1923) was a British naval historian and journalist. As well as being an authority on naval matters, he was also the first editor of the ''Times Literary Supplement''. Thursfield w ...
* 1902: Bruce Richmond * 1938: D. L. Murray (David Leslie Murray) * 1945:
Stanley Morison Stanley Morison (6 May 1889 – 11 October 1967) was an influential British typographer, printing executive and historian of printing. Largely self-educated, he promoted higher standards in printing and an awareness of the best printing and typefac ...
* 1948:
Alan Payan Pryce-Jones Lt-Col. Alan Payan Pryce-Jones TD (18 November 1908 – 22 January 2000) was a British book critic, author, journalist and Liberal Party (UK), Liberal Party politician. He was notably editor of ''The Times Literary Supplement'' from 1948 to 1959. ...

Alan Payan Pryce-Jones
* 1959: Arthur Crook * 1974:
John Gross John Gross FRSL (12 March 1935 – 10 January 2011) was an eminent English man of letters. A leading intellectual, writer, anthologist, and critic, ''The Guardian ''The Guardian'' is a British daily newspaper. It was founded in 1821 a ...

John Gross
* 1981:
Jeremy Treglown Jeremy Treglown (born 24 May 1946) is chair of the Arvon Foundation. A Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies, University of London, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Warwick, he was editor of ''The Times Literary Supp ...
* 1991:
Ferdinand Mount Sir William Robert Ferdinand Mount, 3rd Baronet, FRSL The Royal Society of Literature (RSL) is a learned society founded in 1820, by George IV of the United Kingdom, King George IV, to "reward literary merit and excite literary talent". A char ...
* 2003:
Peter Stothard Sir Peter Stothard (born 28 February 1951) is a United Kingdom, British author, journalist and critic. From 1992 to 2002 he was editor of ''The Times'' and from 2002 to 2016 editor of ''The Times Literary Supplement'', the only journalist to have ...
* 2016:
Stig Abell Stephen "Stig" Paul Abell (born 10 April 1980) is an English journalist, newspaper editor and radio presenter. He currently co-presents the Monday to Thursday breakfast show on Times Radio with Aasmah Mir. Abell was from 2016 to 2020 editor ...
* 2020:
Martin IvensMartin Paul Ivens (born 29 August 1958) is an English journalist and editor of ''The Times Literary Supplement ''The Times Literary Supplement'' (''TLS'') is a weekly literary review published in London by News UK, a subsidiary of News Corp. H ...


See also

* ''
The New York Review of Books ''The New York Review of Books'' (or ''NYREV'' or ''NYRB'') is a semi-monthly magazine with articles on literature, culture, economics, science and current affairs. Published in New York City, it is inspired by the idea that the discussion of i ...
'' * ''
London Review of Books The ''London Review of Books'' (''LRB'') is a British literary magazine A literary magazine is a periodical Periodical literature (also called a periodical publication or simply a periodical) is a category of Serial (publishing), serial pu ...
'' *
List of literary magazines Below is a list of literary magazines and journals: periodicals devoted to book reviews, creative nonfiction, essays, poems, short fiction, and similar literary endeavors. *Because the majority are from the United States, the country of origin is ...


References


Further reading

*Derwent May ''Critical Times: The History of the "Times Literary Supplement"'', 2001, Harper Collins, - The official history


External links

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