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Princeton Conversation: Lives of Houses

Alexandra Harris, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst and Roy Foster Chaired by Hermione Lee

Saturday, 28 March 2020

12:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Biographer and critic Dame Hermione Lee chairs a group of writers who celebrate the homes of famous literary figures, artists, composers and politicians of the past.

Lives of Houses is a collection of essays by writers including Simon Armitage, Julian Barnes, Margaret MacMillan, and Jenny Uglow, edited by Lee and fellow biographer Dr Kate Kennedy, that celebrate our fascination with the homes of the famous. What can a house tell us about the person living there and why are we so fascinated by the houses of famous people of the past?

Lee is a former president of Wolfson College and an award-winning biographer of Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton and Penelope Fitzgerald. She is joined on the panel by fellow biographers and contributors to Lives of Houses Alexandra Harris, Robert Douglas Fairhurst and Roy Foster.

Harris is a literary critic and cultural historian, professorial fellow in English at the University of Birmingham and author of Virginia Woolf. Douglas Fairhurst is a professor of English literature at the University of Oxford and won the Duff Cooper Prize for Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist. Foster is professor of Irish history and literature at Queen Mary University of London and author of WB Yeats, A Life. He was the Carroll Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, Oxford from 1991 until 2016.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Steer Oxford Botanic Garden