Erica Wagner

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Erica Wagner
Born 1967 (age 49–50)
New York City, New York, United States
Residence London, England
Alma mater St Paul's Girls' School
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
University of East Anglia
Occupation Author, critic, editor, writer

Erica Wagner is an American author and critic, living in London, England. She is former literary editor of The Times.


St Paul's Girls' School

Erica Wagner was born in New York City in 1967.[1] She grew up on the Upper West Side and went to the Brearley School. As a child she suffered from epilepsy.

She moved to Britain in the 1980s to continue her education, first at St Paul's Girls' School, then at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (BA), and finally at the University of East Anglia (MA), where she was taught by Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain.

She is the author of several books, including a collection of short stories, Gravity, and Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters. Her latest work is the novel Seizure.[2]

She was literary editor of The Times between 1996 and June 2013.[3][4] She lives in London with her husband, the writer Francis Gilbert, author of I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out of Here!, Teacher on the Run and Yob Nation. They have a son, Theodore. She also reviews regularly for The New York Times. In December 2013, it was announced that Erica Wagner would be one of the judges for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, she previously judged the prize in 2002.[5]


  • Gravity (1997) (Granta)[6]
  • Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters (2000) (Faber & Faber; W. W. Norton)
  • Seizure (2007) (Faber & Faber; W. W. Norton)


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  2. ^ Review of Seizure in The Independent, 20 April 2007
  3. ^ "Erica Wagner". The Times. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  4. ^ Cakir, Ziba. "The Times appoints Robbie Millen as literary editor – FeaturesExec Media Bulletin". Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  5. ^ Man Booker 2014 Judges. Retrieved 2013-12-16
  6. ^ Granta: Erica Wagner at the Wayback Machine (archived 16 November 2007)