David Nokes

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David Nokes FRSL (March 11, 1948 - November 19, 2009) was a scholar of 18th-century English literature known for his biographies of Jonathan Swift, John Gay, Jane Austen and Samuel Johnson. He also penned screenplays, including a BBC adaptation of Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa (1991) and an adaptation of Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996).[1] He was also a leading reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books.[2]

Nokes attended King's College School, Wimbledon, London. He received an MA from Christ's College, Cambridge in 1972 and a Ph.D. in 1974.[3] He started teaching at King's College London in 1973, was elevated to reader in 1986 and then promoted to Professor of English Literature in 1998.[4]

In 1994 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.[5]

Books[edit]

  • Jonathan Swift: A Hypocrite Reversed (1985)
  • John Gay: A Profession of Friendship (1995)
  • Jane Austen: A Life (1997)
  • Samuel Johnson: A Life (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clare Brant, David Nokes obituary, The Guardian, Dec. 7, 2009
  2. ^ Professor David Nokes: writer and scholar of the 18th century The Sunday Times, Dec. 3, 2009
  3. ^ Professor David Nokes: writer and scholar of the 18th century The Sunday Times, Dec. 3, 2009
  4. ^ Professor David Nokes: writer and scholar of the 18th century The Sunday Times, Dec. 3, 2009
  5. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 10 August 2010.