Robert Fraser

ROBERT FRASER has published full-length biographies of the twentieth-century poets George Barker (The Chameleon Poet, 2001, a Spectator Book of the Year) and David Gascoyne (Night Thoughts: The Surreal Life of the Poet David Gascoyne, 2012). He has also written performance pieces around the lives of Lord Byron, Dr Johnson, Carlo Gesualdo, D.H. Lawrence and Katherine Mansfield. He has published critical books on Marcel Proust, on the anthropologist and classicist Sir James Frazer, and on Victorian quest romance, among other subjects. He has also written and lectured on the relationship between literature and music: specifically on the uses of text by Purcell, Handel and Mozart.

Robert was educated as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral (1956-1960) and later at the universities of Sussex and London. During a forty-two year academic career he has since taught at the universities of Leeds and London, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he served as Director of Studies in English. He has also lectured extensively abroad. Currently he is Professor of English at the Open University, where his Inaugural Lecture was on the theme ‘Biography and the Morality of Style’. Robert Fraser was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in May 2007.