Norman Mailer talk to mark Steven Isenberg Junior Research Fellowship

Monday 1st July 2019

To mark the Steven Isenberg Junior Research Fellowship, Professor Sir Christopher Ricks will give a talk about Norman Mailer’s literary achievements. This free event in the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre will start at 5pm.

Professor Sir Christopher Ricks will give a presentation on Norman Mailer’s rhythms: his novels and higher journalism – the ways in which great prose, particularly as it attends to heroism, accommodates the cadences of the English heroic line. 

Tea will be available from 5 pm, followed by the talk introduced by the Provost of Worcester College, Sir Jonathan Bate. Steven Isenberg will also say a few words of thanks, after which drinks will be served.

The  Steven Isenberg Junior Research Fellowship is for work in 20th -century British or American fiction or literary journalism.

Professor Ricks was a Fellow of Worcester College from 1958 to 1968. Subsequently, he was a professor of English at the University of Bristol; then at Cambridge, he was the Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 2004 to 2009. He is now a Professor of the Humanities, living in Boston.  He edited Beckett, the lyrics of Bob Dylan, TS Eliot, Henry James, Milton, Tennyson, and The Oxford Book of English Verse (1999). He is the author of Milton’s Grand Style; Keats and Embarrassment; The Force of Poetry; TS Eliot and Prejudice; Beckett’s Dying Words; Essays in Appreciation; Allusion to the Poets; Reviewery; Decisions and Revisions in TS Eliot; Dylan’s Visions of Sin; and True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht and Robert Lowell.

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