Around this time of year, as TLS subscribers will know, our weekly diary column, NB, takes note of the literary causes for celebration and reassessment over the year to come. Births, deaths and the anniversaries of significant publications are all too likely to draw the attention of literary editors and freelance writers alike, while visitors to the British Library will no doubt find themselves paying homage to Anthony Trollope (born April 24, 1815) and Alice in Wonderland (first published in 1865), as well as the considerably older Magna Carta. You wouldn't be entirely wrong to imagine that this sort of thing might rub off on the TLS itself, too, although I'm not holding out much hope of some enterprising theatre company reviving Gay, Pope and Dr Arbuthnot's "tragi-comi-pastoral farce" The What D'Ye Call It (1715) . . .
Here are NB's wry observations about the year just gone and the year to come, from the first issue of 2015: