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Life Writing Series - Professor Robert Fraser

Date:07 March 2012, 6:00pm to
07 March 2012, 8:00pm
Location:JG2008, John Galsworthy Building, Penryhn Road Campus, KT1 2EE

Reading the Evidence: A Biographer and His Sources
Professor Robert Fraser (The Open University)

Robert Fraser meditates on his use of various sources - letters, journals, notebooks, artworks and recorded interviews - involved in the preparation of his recent book Night Thoughts: The Surreal Life of the poet David Gascoyne (Oxford University Press, February 2012).

Robert Fraser is a biographer and critic, dramatist and historian of ideas. He has published on Marcel Proust (Proust and the Victorians, 1994), Victorian Quest Romance (for the Writers and Their Work Series, 1998) and Ben Okri (Ben Okri: Towards the Invisible City, 2002). The Making of the Golden Bough, his study of the genesis of Sir James Frazer’s anthropological classic, has recently been re-issued as an additional volume to the grand thirteen volume set of Sir James’s work. The Chameleon Poet, his biography of the British poet George Barker, was released by Jonathan Cape in February 2002 and was chosen as Spectator book for that year. Night Thoughts, his biography of the poet David Gascoyne (1916-2001), will be issued by Oxford University Press in 2012.

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