Peter Conrad (academic)

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Peter Conrad (born 1948) is an Australian-born academic specialising in English literature, who taught at Christ Church at the University of Oxford. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Conrad was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and attended Hobart High School. After graduating from the University of Tasmania in 1968, Conrad went to Oxford University, UK, on a Rhodes Scholarship,[1] studying at New College. He became a fellow of All Souls College from 1970 to 1973 before taking up his current post at Christ Church. There he taught English from 1973, and has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and at Williams College, and a guest lecturer throughout the United States.[2] By 2018 he had retired, and was listed as an "Emeritus Student" ("Student" being a Christ Church title for lecturer).[3]

He has written a number of works of criticism including a major history of English literature, The Everyman History of English Literature, a cultural history of the twentieth century, two autobiographical works and a novel. He has written books of criticism on Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock and has been a prolific writer of features and reviews for many magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Observer, the New Statesman, and The Monthly.


  • The Victorian Treasure-House, London: Collins, 1973, ISBN 0-002-11883-1
  • Romantic Opera and Literary Form, Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1978, ISBN 0-520-03258-6
  • Shandyism: The Character of Romantic Irony, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1978, ISBN 0-064-91267-1
  • Imagining America, New York: Oxford University Press, 1980, ISBN 0-195-02651-9
  • Television: The Medium and its Manners, Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982, ISBN 0-710-09041-2
  • The Art of the City: Views and Versions of New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 1984, ISBN 0-195-03408-2
  • The Everyman History of English Literature, London: J. M. Dent, 1985, ISBN 0-460-04560-1
  • A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, New York: Poseidon Press, 1987, ISBN 0-671-64353-3
  • Behind the Mountain: Return to Tasmania, London: Chatto & Windus, 1988, ISBN 0-701-13253-1
  • Where I Fell to Earth: A Life in Four Cities, New York: Poseidon Press, 1990, ISBN 0-671-68233-4
  • Underworld, Simon & Schuster, 1992, ISBN 0-671-75884-5
  • Modern Times, Modern Places: Life and Art in the Twentieth Century, Thames & Hudson, 1999, ISBN 978-0-500-28151-2
  • The Hitchock Murders, Farber and Farber, 2002, ISBN 0-571-21060-0
  • At Home in Australia, Thames & Hudson, 2003, ISBN 0-500-51141-1[4]
  • Orson Welles: The Stories of His Life, Farber & Farber, 2004, ISBN 0-571-20993-9
  • Creation: Artists, Gods & Origins, Thames & Hudson, 2007, ISBN 0-500-51356-2
  • How the World Was Won: The Americanization of Everywhere. Thames & Hudson. 2014. ISBN 9780500252086.
  • Verdi and/or Wagner: Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries, Thames & Hudson, 2014, ISBN 0-500-29085-7
  • Mythomania: Tales of Our Times, Thames & Hudson, 2016, ISBN 0500292582


  1. ^ "Peter Conrad's "Tales of Two Hemispheres" – 2004 Boyer Lectures broadcast in November on Radio National". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  2. ^ Biography Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine from Christ Church, Oxford
  3. ^ Christ Church website, "Teaching and Research Staff", accessed 8 November, 2018
  4. ^ Fitzgerald, Michael (13 October 2003). "The View From Abroad". Time.

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