The Times Literary Supplement

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The Times Literary Supplement
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Editor Martin Ivens
Categories Literature, current affairs
Frequency50 per year
Publisher News UK
Founded1902;120 years ago (1902)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based in London
ISSN 0307-661X

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



The TLS first appeared in 1902 as a supplement to The Times but became a separate publication in 1914. Many distinguished writers have contributed, including T. S. Eliot, Henry James and Virginia Woolf. Reviews were normally anonymous until 1974, when signed reviews were gradually introduced during the editorship of 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 was a member of the editorial staff early in his career. Philip Larkin's poem "Aubade", his final poetic work, was first published in the Christmas-week issue of the TLS in 1977. While it has long been regarded as one of the world's pre-eminent critical publications,[ citation needed ] its history is not without gaffes: it missed James Joyce entirely,[ citation needed ] and commented only negatively on Lucian Freud from 1945 until 1978, when a portrait of his appeared on the cover. [1]

Its editorial offices are based in The News Building, London. It is edited by Martin Ivens, who succeeded Stig Abell in June 2020. [2] [3]

The TLS has included essays, reviews and poems by D. M. Thomas, [4] [5] John Ashbery, Italo Calvino, Patricia Highsmith, Milan Kundera, Philip Larkin, Mario Vargas Llosa, Joseph Brodsky, Gore Vidal, Orhan Pamuk, Geoffrey Hill and Seamus Heaney, among others. [6]

Many writers have described the publication as indispensable; Mario Vargas Llosa, novelist and the 2010 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, [7] had once described the TLS as "the most serious, authoritative, witty, diverse and stimulating cultural publication in all the five languages I speak". [8]


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  2. Comerford, Ruth (24 June 2020). "Martin Ivens to become TLS editor as Stig Abell departs". The Bookseller . Retrieved 1 July 2020.
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  4. "Ararat". The TLS asked me to review an Anthology of Armenian Poetry, edited by Diana der Hovanessian.
  5. McCulloch, Andrew. "'Stone'". The Times Literary Supplement. In 1978, the poet, translator and novelist D. M. Thomas drew a useful distinction between twentieth-century English and Russian poetry in a TLS review of a collection of poems by Osip Mandelstam.
  6. "TLS writers past and present", Times Online. Archived 17 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
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  8. Fulford, Robert (Spring 2014). "Neither Times, nor Literary, nor Supplement". Queen's Quarterly. 121: 72–81.

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