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    DescriptionBest known for his provocative take on cultural issues in The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?, John Carey describes in this warm and funny memoir the events that formed him - an escape from the London blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford and an academic career that saw him elected, age 40, to Oxford's oldest English Literature professorship. He frankly portrays the snobberies and rituals of 1950s Oxford, but also his inspiring meetings with writers and poets - Auden, Graves, Larkin, Heaney - and his forty-year stint as a lead book-reviewer for the Sunday Times. This is a book about the joys of reading - in effect, an informal introduction to the great works of English literature. But it is also about war and family, and how an unexpected background can give you the insight and the courage to say the unexpected thing.

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    The Unexpected Professor
    An Oxford Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Carey
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 500 g
    ISBN 13: 9780571310920
    ISBN 10: 0571310923

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    Faber & Faber Non-Fiction
    Publication date
    20 March 2014
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    Author Information
    John Carey is an Emeritus Professor at Oxford University. His books include studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, The Intellectuals and the Masses, What Good Are the Arts? and a life of William Golding.