Dr Thomas Karshan

Thomas Karshan is a lecturer at the University of East Anglia, where he teaches twentieth-century literature, especially games, nonsense, and parody. He is the author of Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play, the editor of Nabokov’s Selected Poems and the co-translator of Nabokov’s first major work, a Shakespearean verse-play called The Tragedy of Mister Morn. He is co-editing a large book on the history of the essay to be published by Oxford University Press, and is working on two other books: Undelivered Letters, a book about the resistance to the message in modern literature, and A Dictionary of Modern Life, a series of essays on the interlocking ambiguities of 100 words in contemporary speech.

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Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Vladimir Nabokov, Selected Poems (Penguin, 2012), ed. Thomas Karshan

Vladimir Nabokov, The Tragedy of Mister Morn (Penguin, 2012), trans. Thomas Karshan and Anastasia Tolstoy

Thomas Karshan and Kathryn Murphy, eds., Of Essays (Oxford University Press, 2016)

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Baroness Ruth Deech QC, crossbench peer; chairman, Bar Standards Board

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