John Carey

John Carey is an author and literary critic, and since his retirement has been emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford.

He has twice chaired the Booker Prize committee and is the author of several books, including What Good Are the Arts?, The Intellectuals and the Masses and a memoir, The Unexpected Professor. Recent projects include 100 Poets: A Little Anthology, a companion volume to his bestselling A Little History of Poetry, published to immediate acclaim in 2020 by Yale University Press; and a collection of his book reviews, Sunday Best.

He lives in the Cotswolds.


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