Program in British Studies

‘Writing the Biographies of A. J. P. Taylor and Hugh Trevor-Roper’

Adam Sisman LONDON

Fri, May 4, 2012 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Biographers are often thought to side with their subjects – so what does it mean to have written lives of two men thought to be rivals, even enemies? Adam Sisman will reflect on his biographies of two British historians, Hugh Trevor-Roper and A.J.P. Taylor, and consider whether one has helped him understand the other. He will also comment on the responses to his books, and how much he has learned from them. In his view, reviews can be occasionally if rarely useful.  

Adam Sisman is the author of A. J. P. Taylor (1994) and Boswell’s Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson (2000), which was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography.  The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge was published in 2007. Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Biography (2010) has earned worldwide acclaim.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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