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John Carey

John Carey is Arts Emeritus Merton Professor of English at Oxford University. He has appeared as a host and commentator on numerous television and radio programs in England and is the former chief book reviewer for The Sunday Times. Among his books are The Intellectuals and the Masses, What Good Are the Arts?, Pure Pleasure: A Guide to the Twenieth Century’s Most Enjoyable Books, and a biography of William Golding. He has chaired the Booker Prize committee twice and in 2005 was the chair of the first international Booker Prize committee. His memoir The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books was published in March 2014.


‘The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa of Avila’; sculpture by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the Cornaro Chapel of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome, mid-seventeenth century

Wildly Different Poets

Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert

by John Drury

The English Poems of Richard Crashaw

edited and with an introduction by Richard Rambuss

October 23, 2014 issue

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