Professor Sarah Churchwell

Sarah Churchwell is Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities and a professorial fellow in American literature at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

She is the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby (Penguin Press 2014), The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (Metropolitan Books 2005), and many scholarly articles. Her literary journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times Book Review, Independent, Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Financial Times, New Statesman, TLS, Prospect, and the Spectator, among many others. She comments regularly on arts, culture and politics for UK television and radio, where appearances include Question Time, Review Show, and Newsnight, and she has judged the Bailey’s (Orange) Prize for Fiction, and the 2014 Man Booker Prize among other literary prizes. She was a co-recipient of the 2015 Eccles Centre Writer in Residence award at the British Library, and is currently writing a book about Henry James.

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Careless People: Murder, mayhem and the invention of The Great Gatsby (Virago 2013)

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