Karl Miller

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Karl Fergus Connor Miller FRSL (2 August 1931 – 24 September 2014) was a British literary editor, critic and writer.[1]

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 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.[2]

He was then editor of The Listener (1967–73) and subsequently the London Review of Books, which he founded, from 1979-92. He was also Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature and head of the English Department at University College, London from 1974-92.

Miller died on 24 September 2014, at the age of 83.[3][4]


  • Poetry from Cambridge 1952–4. Oxford, 1955 (editor)
  • Writing in England today: the last fifteen years. London: Penguin, 1968 (editor)
  • Memoirs of a Modern Scotland. London: Faber, 1970 (editor)
  • Cockburn's Millennium. London: Duckworth, 1975 (a biography of Henry Cockburn, which won Miller the James Tait Black Memorial Prize)
  • Doubles: studies in literary history. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985 (criticism)
  • Authors. Oxford: Clarendon, 1989
  • Rebecca's Vest: a memoir. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1993
  • Boswell and Hyde. London: Syrens, 1995
  • Dark Horses: an experience of literary journalism. London: Picador, 1998 (memoir)
  • Seamus Heaney in conversation with Karl Miller. London: BTL, 2000
  • Electric Shepherd: a likeness of James Hogg. London: Faber, 2003 (biography)
  • Tretower to Clyro: essays. London: Quercus, 2011


  1. ^ "Weekend birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian Media. 2 Aug 2014. p. 51. 
  2. ^ Neil Berry (2002) Articles of Faith: The Story of British Intellectual Journalism, London: The Waywiser Press, p.214 ISBN 1-904130-08-9.
  3. ^ "Karl Miller, founding editor of London Review of Books, dies at 83". The Guardian. 25 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Sutherland, John (25 September 2014). "Karl Miller obituary". The Guardian.