British academy

IN CONVERSATION

Attention to Eliot (and others)

Sir Christopher Ricks in conversation with Hermione Lee

Tuesday 20 October 2009, 5.00pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG
as part of the British Academy's 2009 Literature Week

Organised in association with the Institute of English Studies, University of London

Christopher Ricks, who is co-editor (with Jim McCue) of the complete poems of T S Eliot, will be in conversation with Hermione Lee about both the principles and the practice that are proposed for this two-volume work. The editorial decisions, still provisional in many respects, whether textual or contextual, are sure to benefit from this British Academy discussion – as well as from the scholarly enterprise, now proceeding apace, on the editions of Eliot’s letters and of his collected prose. He has also edited the poems of Tennyson, of James Henry, and of Samuel Menashe, as well as the Oxford Book of English Verse and the New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.

Sir Christopher Ricks FBA is Warren Professor of the Humanities and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University. Immediate past president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, he is also the immediate past Professor of Poetry at Oxford (2004-2009). He is the author of T S Eliot and Prejudice and of Decisions and Revisions in T S Eliot, and the editor of Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-1917 by T. S. Eliot. He has edited the poems of Tennyson, of James Henry, and of Samuel Menashe, as well as the Oxford Book of English Verse and the New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.

Hermione Lee and Sir Christopher RicksProfessor Hermione Lee CBE FBA is a biographer and critic. She grew up in London and was educated at Oxford. After lecturing at Williamsburg, Virginia and Liverpool University, she taught at the University of York from 1977, where over twenty years she was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, and Professor of English Literature. From 1998-2008 she was the Goldsmiths’ Chair of English Literature and Fellow of New College at the University of Oxford. In 2008 she was elected President of Wolfson College, Oxford.


This conversation was followed at 6.30pm by T S Eliot’s Daughter, by Robert Crawford (2009 Warton Lecture)