Creative Lives and Works: Frank Kermode, George Steiner, Gillian Beer and Christopher Ricks is a collection of interviews conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane. Filmed over a period of 40 years, the four conversations in this volume, are part of a larger set of interviews that cut across various disciplines, from the social sciences, the sciences and to even the performing and visual arts. The current volume on four of England’s foremost literary critics is the first in the series of several such books. Sir Frank Kermode, in James S. Shapiro’s (Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University who specializes in Shakespeare and the Early Modern period) words is, ‘the best living reader of Shakespeare anywhere, hands down’, George Steiner, in an article in The Guardian is described as a ‘polyglot and polymath’, Gillian Beer is quoted in The Guardian as saying, ‘I am historical remnant of free education: I was carried through by the state’, and W.H. Auden, one of the greatest 20th century poets, described Sir Christopher Ricks as ‘exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding’. Immensely riveting as conversations, this collection takes one into the exciting world of literary criticism. The book will be of enormous value to those interested in Literature, History and Culture Studies.
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Table of Contents
Introduction PART I Frank Kermode – In conversation with Alan Macfarlane PART II George Steiner – In conversation with Alan Macfarlane PART III Christopher Ricks – In conversation with Alan Macfarlane PART IV Gillian Beer – In conversation with Alan Macfarlane
Alan Macfarlane was born in Shillong, India, in 1941 and educated at the Dragon School, Sedbergh School, Oxford and London Universities where he received two Master’s degrees and two doctorates. He is the author of over forty books, including The Origins of English Individualism (1978) and Letters to Lily: On How the World Works (2005). He has worked in England, Nepal, Japan and China as both an historian and anthropologist. He was elected to the British Academy in 1986 and is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a Life Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. Professor Macfarlane received the Huxley Memorial Medal, the highest honour of the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2012.