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

Aftering graduating from the University of Tasmania in 1968, Conrad went up to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, 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. He has taught English at there since 1973, and has been a visiting Professor at Princeton University and at Williams College, and a guest lecturer throughout the United States.

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.


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Peter Conrad Quotes

All that a city will ever allow you is an angle on it—an oblique, indirect sample of what it contains, or what passes through it; a point of view.
Peter Conrad (b. 1948), Australian critic, author. Independent on Sunday (London, March 11, 1990). Said of New York.
Losing faith in your own singularity is the start of wisdom, I suppose; also the first announcement of death.
Peter Conrad (b. 1948), Australian critic, author. "In the Family," pt. 6, Down Under: Revisiting Tasmania (1988).
The camera is a killing chamber, which speeds up the time it claims to be conserving. Like coffins exhumed and prised open, the photographs put on show what we were and what we will be again.
Peter Conrad (b. 1948), Australian critic, author. "Seeing Tasmania," pt. 5, Down Home: Revisiting Tasmania (1988).

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