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The unexpected professor : an Oxford life in books

Author: John Carey
Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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John Carey describes in this warm and funny memoir the events that formed him - an escape from the London blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford and an academic career that saw him elected, age 40, to Oxford's oldest English literature professorship. He frankly portrays the snobberies and rituals of 1950s Oxford, but also his inspiring meetings with writers and poets  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: John Carey; John Carey; John Carey
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Carey
ISBN: 9780571310920 0571310923
OCLC Number: 868078293
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiii, 361 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Beginning --
Radcliffe --
Grammar school --
Playing at soldiers --
Undergraduate --
Research student --
Keble --
St John Street and catching up with the Victorians --
Graves, Larkin and catching up with the twentieth century --
Reviewing --
Writing --
So, in the end, why read?
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Best known for his provocative take on cultural issues in The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?, the author describes the events that formed him - an escape from the London  Read more...

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