Robert McCrum, now literary editor of London's Observer, was the editor-in-chief of the publishing firm Faber & Faber in London for nearly 20 years. The author of six highly acclaimed novels and coauthor of the bestselling The Story of English, his latest work is an illuminating look at the life of one of his literary heroes, P. G. Wodehouse.
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Date of Birth:
July 7, 1953
Place of Birth:
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England, 1972-75; University of Pennsylvania, 1975-76
Bishop Green Cup, 1975; Emmy Award for The Story of English, 1986; Peabody Award for The Story of English, 1986
|Good to Know|
|We asked McCrum to share some details about himself in our interview. Among the anecdotes he shared: "I’m a) tall b) speak English c) like a drink."|
|The Best Book to Read First||McCrum's Favorite Books|
|The Story of English|
Originally written in tandem with a 1986 TV series (produced by one of the authors) and updated in 1992, this introduction to the leading global language traces its evolution, its varieties, and the debates over its future. "Rarely has the English language been scanned so brightly and broadly in a single volume," remarked the San Francisco Chronicle.
|The Code of the Woosters|
P. G. Wodehouse
In our exclusive interview with McCrum, we asked him to tell us about some of his favorite books. He named one by his recent subject, P. G. Wodehouse -- The Code of the Woosters -- calling it "his finest novel." Read our interview with McCrum to learn more about his best-loved books, including: