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Peter Conrad (academic)

Peter Conrad (born 1948) is an Australian-born academic specialising in English literature, currently teaching at Christ Church at the University of Oxford. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Conrad was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and attended Hobart High School. After graduating from the University of Tasmania in 1968, Conrad went to Oxford University, UK, on a Rhodes Scholarship,[1] studying at New College. He became a fellow of All Souls College from 1970 to 1973 before taking up his current post at Christ Church. There he taught English since 1973, and has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and at Williams College, and a guest lecturer throughout the United States.[2]

He has written a number of works of criticism including a major history of English literature, The Everyman History of English Literature, a cultural history of the twentieth century, two autobiographical works and a novel. He has written books of criticism on Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock and has been a prolific writer of features and reviews for many magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Observer, the New Statesman, and The Monthly.



  1. ^ "Peter Conrad's "Tales of Two Hemispheres" – 2004 Boyer Lectures broadcast in November on Radio National". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  2. ^ Biography Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine. from Christ Church, Oxford
  3. ^ Fitzgerald, Michael (13 October 2003). "The View From Abroad". Time. 

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