MARRIAGE IN A WASTE LAND

              T.S. Eliot’s first wife, the Hampstead socialite and aspirant author Vivien Haigh-Wood, died in a mental home off Green Lanes, north London, in 1947, at the age of 58. She was addicted to chloral hydrate soporific and no longer thought her life had any meaning or purpose. In 1921 a nerve specialist had urged her long-suffering husband to …

How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery

        At its peak in the late 18th century, the transatlantic slave trade enriched British planters. In their cocked hats and fashionably buckled shoes they built elegant town houses for themselves in the Marylebone district of London (Wimpole Street was especially coveted by “West Indians”, as white planters were then known). George III, the story goes, was …