John Bayley

British writer

1925   -   2015

country of citizenship: United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
language of expression: English
educated at: Eton College, New College
occupation: literary critic, biographer
award received: Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
position held: fellow

John Oliver Bayley, CBE, FBA, FRSL (27 March 1925 – 12 January 2015) was a British academic, literary critic and writer. He was the Warton Professor of English at the University of Oxford from 1974 to 1992. His first marriage was to the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch. Bayley was “acclaimed for his dissections of Goethe and Pushkin as well as of Jane Austen.” The “master of all he surveys,” he “is the reviewer’s reviewer,” excelling where “deep knowledge and logical examination come together”; his criticism “consists of attractively original examinations of subjects," "especially those devoted to poetry and to Russian and central European literature.” He is regarded as an eminent critic.
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Elegy for Iris

memoir by John Bayley

author: John Bayley


Elegy for Iris

author: John Bayley

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