About the Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, 1902 – 2011

The Times Literary Supplement is the only literary weekly to offer comprehensive coverage of the  most important publications as well as reviewing theatre, cinema, music and exhibitions.

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Key features

The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) is the world’s leading newspaper for cultural studies.This unique fully searchable digital collection offers:

  • Over 300,000 book reviews covering: literature, history, politics, science, religion;
  • Features original work by some of the 20th century’s greatest poets;
  • Reviews of the visual and performing arts – exhibitions, cinema, music, film, plays and theatre;
  • Letters, obituaries, adverts;
  • Essays and criticism in all subject areas from art to town planning;
  • Contributions from every region of the world. For example: essays from Mario Vargas Llosa, Joseph Brodsky and Orhan Pamuk;
  • Reviews of non-English language and translated books.

The supplement is fully text searchable and can be viewed by the page or by individual articles. Alternatively you can browse by issue cover or book title. Results can be saved, bookmarked, emailed and printed. More content will be added annually to this eResource.

The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) can also be searched through Gale NewsVault which allows you to simultaneously search many other historical magazines and newspapers at the same time including British Library Newspapers

More information

Founded in 1902 as a supplement to The Times (London) it would latter become a separate publication in 1914. For more than 100 years the Times Literary Supplement has forged a reputation for fine writing, literary discoveries and debate. Since its first issue, the TLS has attracted the contributions of the world’s most influential writers and critics of the 20th and 21st centuries, from T.S. Eliot, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf in the early 20th century to Clive James, A.N. Wilson and Christopher Hitchens in the 1990s and 2000s. Until 1974, writings and influential criticism of hundreds of the 20th century's most important writers and thinkers were kept anonymous to foster open discussion. The TLS Historical Archive now discloses the identity of these contributors.

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