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1 Making Oscar Wilde

A Book at Lunchtime seminar with Michele Mendelssohn, literary critic and cultural historian. Dr...

Michèle Mendelssohn, Sos Eltis, Hermione Lee, Charles Foster
2 Brilliant Paradoxes and Corrosive Epigrams; or Why Oscar Wilde Went to Trial

In this Open Day taster lecture, Sos Eltis explores the complex causes which motivated Oscar...

Sos Eltis
3 Edward Lear's Feelings: Wonder

This programme examines different meanings of 'wonder' in Lear - as both a positive and a...

Matthew Bevis, Jasmine Jagger
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1 "Oh, you liar, you storyteller": On Fibbing, Fact and Fabulation

The first Weinrebe lecture in life-writing was given by Michèle Roberts, Emeritus Professor of...

Michèle Roberts
2 Where may truth lie? Fiction in memory, memory in fiction

The award-winning author and memoirist Candia McWilliam attests to the edifying power of fiction...

Candia McWilliam
3 What can I say? Secrets in fiction and biography

Booker Prize winning novelist Alan Hollinghurst discusses fiction and biography in conversation...

Alan Hollinghurst, Hermione Lee
4 Brought to Book: Book History and the Idea of Literature

Professor Paul Eggert, University of New South Wales, gives the 17th Annual D.F. McKenzie...

Paul Eggert
5 Harriet Shelley - Letter to Eliza Westbrook, Shelley and her parents

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Harriet Shelley drowned herself in December 1816,...

Hannah Morrell
6 Mary Shelley - Letter to Percy Bysshe Shelley

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Shelley and Mary arrived back in London to face the...

Nouran Koriem
7 Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley - Joint journal entry

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Shelley and Mary eloped at 4.15 am on 28 July 1814...

Henry Cockburn
8 William Godwin: Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Godwin's memoir of Mary Wollstonecraft has...

Henry Cockburn
9 Senses of Reality: Writing the Biography of a Revolutionary Generation

The annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture given at Wolfson College on May 27th 2010.

Roy Foster
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1 Is there any truth in biographical fictions?

In 2006 David Lodge expressed surprise at how popular biographical novels have become. Also...

Katherine Collins
2 Reading between life and work: Reflections on J.M. Coetzee’s life-writing

The work of J.M. Coetzee – the novels, taken together with the memoirs and the critical essays...

Elleke Boehmer
3 James Joyce: A Biography

James Augustine Joyce, the eldest surviving son of John Stanislaus Joyce and Mary Jane ('May')...

Cleo Hanaway
4 The Importance of Being Wilde

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all" ...

Kate O'Connor
5 Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was a bold, salacious, and pioneering individual. If Frances Burney made...

Kate O'Connor
6 Rudyard Kipling
Dominic Davies
7 Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), novelist and poet, was born on 2 June 1840, in Higher Bockhampton,...

Charlotte Barrett
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1 Walt Whitman, poet and democrat J.M. Robertson
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1 Photograph of Oscar Wilde

By Napoleon Sarony (Library of Congress) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons