An Oxford don on his prolific past

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June–July 2014, no. 362

The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford life in books by John Carey

Faber, $35 hb, 370 pp

An Oxford don on his prolific past

by
June–July 2014, no. 362

John Carey’s The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books has three intertwined components: autobiographical memories from Carey, a prolific author and book reviewer and former Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford; his six-decade interaction with that university; and ‘English literature and me, how we met, how we got on, what came of it’. The book is also a microcosm of twentieth- century Britain and its educational, intellectual, and class systems. Carey, born in 1934 into a far from wealthy family, benefited from the grammar school system that enabled him to win a scholarship to St John’s College, Oxford, where he gained a congratulatory first in English.

Colin Steele reviews 'The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford life in books' by John Carey

The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford life in books

by John Carey

Faber, $35 hb, 370 pp

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