Karl Miller

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Karl Fergus Connor Miller FRSL (born 2 August 1931)[1] is a British literary editor, critic and writer.

He was educated at the Royal High School of Edinburgh and Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied English; he was a Cambridge Apostle. He became literary editor of The Spectator and the New Statesman. Miller resigned from the latter over a disagreement with the magazine's then editor Paul Johnson, over the extent to which the literary pages treated difficult subjects and also Johnson's disapproval of The Beatles and their fans (Berry 214).

He was then editor of The Listener (1967–73) and subsequently the London Review of Books, which he founded, from 1979 to 1992. He was also Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature and head of the English Department at University College, London until 1992.


  • Neil Berry (2002) Articles of Faith: The Story of British Intellectual Journalism, The Waywiser Press, ISBN 1-904130-08-9.
  1. ^ "Weekend birthdays". The Guardian (Guardian Media). 2 Aug 2014. p. 51.