Jeremy Treglown

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Jeremy Treglown (born 24 May 1946) is a British literary biographer who was Editor of The Times Literary Supplement through the 1980s. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies, University of London, and Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.


Treglown was educated at Bristol Grammar School and St Peter's and Hertford Colleges, Oxford and between 1973 and 79 was a lecturer in English Literature at Lincoln College Oxford and University College London. In the 1970s he wrote regularly for the New Statesman on fiction and for The Times and Plays and Players on theatre, and he has published since in many newspapers and magazines including The New Yorker and Granta. He joined The Times Literary Supplement in 1979 as arts editor, becoming Editor from 1981 to 1990.[1] After a semester as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton, Treglown spent twenty years at Warwick, where he began the Warwick Writing Programme.

His biography of Henry Green won the Dictionary of Literary Biography Award (2000) and V.S Pritchett: A Working Life was shortlisted for the 2004 Whitbread Award for biography and for the Duff Cooper Prize. Franco's Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory since 1936 (2013), published in Spanish by Ariel in 2015, was described by Antonio Muñoz Molina as 'A book that must be read, in Spain and abroad, by anyone who wants to understand the country' and by Stanley Payne in the Wall Street Journal as 'the best, and most objective, brief introduction to Spain's memory wars to be found in any language.' Now at work on a study of John Hersey, the author of Hiroshima (1946), Treglown also wrote the first full biography of Roald Dahl, and initiated and co-edited the online index of previously anonymous contributors to the TLS. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has been a member of the Society's Council. and has served as chair of the judges of the Booker Prize, Whitbread (now Costa) Award and other prizes. Among various research posts, he has been a Visiting Fellow of All Souls and Fellow of the New York Library's Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars, and of the Rockefeller Center, Bellagio.

In 1970 he married Rona Bower.[1] They were divorced in 1982. In 1984 he married Holly Eley (née Urquhart), an assistant editor at the TLS, who died in 2010.[2] In 2013 he married the philosopher Maria Alvarez. He has a son, three daughters and six grandchildren.


As editor[edit]

  • Roald Dahl: Collected Stories, Everyman’s Library, 2006.
  • Essential Stories by V. S. Pritchett, Modern Library Classics, 2005.
  • (with Bridget Bennett) Grub Street and the Ivory Tower: Literary Journalism and Literary Scholarship from Fielding to the Internet, OUP, 1998.
  • The Lantern-Bearers: Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson, Chatto & Windus / Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1988. (Reprinted by Cooper Square Press, NY, 1999.)
  • Spirit of Wit: Reconsiderations of Rochester, Basil Blackwell, 1982.
  • The Letters of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, Basil Blackwell / Chicago University Press, 1980.


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