Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Professor Michael Schmidt, 3rd March 2016

Wilfully stopping his ears:  the writing of The Novel: A Biography

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Mawby Room, Kellogg College,
62 Banbury Road
5 pm (refreshments) for 5.30 pm

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary

Michael Schmidt must have known that The Novel: a Biography was a project doomed to fail. Yet he started his fourteen year odyssey, sceptical of theory, alert to the various pleasures of reading – and writing. The Daily Beast called the book ‘a delightful tale… that reminds is of exactly why we read’. In the New York Times John Sutherland said, ‘What vindicates Schmidt’s willful stopping of his ears to the irrelevant chatter of academic scholarship is that he himself reads so intelligently and writes so pungently… a herculean literary labor, carried off with swashbuckling style and critical aggression.’

Michael Schmidt was born in Mexico in 1947. He studied at Harvard and at Wadham College, Oxford. His most ambitious prose books are Lives of the Poets, The First Poets and The Novel: a biography. A poet and novelist himself, he founded and runs Carcanet Press and PN Review. Until recently he was a professor at Glasgow and Cambridge.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

http://www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/researchcentres/CW

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Dr Lyndall Gordon, 4th February 2016

Telling Lives: The Challenge of the Family Memoir

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Dr Lyndall Gordon

Mawby Room, Kellogg College,
62 Banbury Road
5 pm (refreshments) for 5.30 pm

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary

Lyndall Gordon grew up in Cape Town where she studied history and English, then nineteenth-century American literature at Columbia in New York. In 1973 she came to England through the Rhodes Trust. For many years she was a tutor and lecturer in English at Oxford where she is now Senior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College.

Virago has published her six biographies and two memoirs, which include Eliot’s Early Years, which won the British Academy’s Rose Mary Crawshay Prize; Virginia Woolf: A Writer’s Life, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Charlotte Brontë: A Passionate Life, winner of the Cheltenham Prize for Literature; Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft, longlisted for the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize, and Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and her Family’s Feuds, short-listed for the Duff Cooper prize and for Italy’s Comisso prize for biography. Her most recent publication is a memoir, Divided Lives: Dreams of a Mother and Daughter (2014). Dr Gordon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and member of PEN

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

http://www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/researchcentres/CW