The Way We Live Now ~ BIG READ
We are delighted that Francis O’Gorman, editor of the Oxford World’s Classics edition of The Way We Live Now has kindly agreed to lead the final meeting of our online read.
Francis O’Gorman is Saintsbury Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Until August 2016 he worked at the University of Leeds where, from 2006, he held a personal chair in Victorian Literature. He was Head of the School of English from 2007-11 (one of the largest English departments in the UK) and before that directed the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, and, before that, served as the School of English’s Director of Learning and Teaching. Prior to arriving in Leeds, he had been Lecturer in English Literature at Pembroke College Oxford, Senior Lecturer at Westminster College Oxford, and Research Fellow at what is now the University of Gloucestershire. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, of the Royal Historical Society, and of the English Association, a Companion of the Guild of St George, and Honorary Professor in the Ruskin Library and Research Centre at the University of Lancaster. He is a very active performing musician and writes and broadcasts widely on choral and organ music.
Hugh Walpole in ‘Anthony Trollope’ said The Way We Live Now was ‘… one of the most remarkable of all English novels published between 1860 and 1890. This novel, had it been written by any one else or had it been published anonymously, would never have been allowed to pass out of English fiction, but because it came after a long series of novels by the same hand, and because its author had been for some years before its appearance far too readily ‘taken for granted’ by the critics, its remarkable qualities remained unperceived.’
- Monday 5th July, 2021 at 8:00pm BST – Chapters 86-100
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