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*Stephen Greenblatt
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									Robert McCrumRobert McCrum
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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Fact File

Robert McCrum
Current Home:
London, England
Date of Birth:
July 7, 1953
Place of Birth:
Cambridge, England
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

McCrum's Masterpiece

Selected Works

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								Wodehouse: A Life, Author: 
								Robert McCrum.

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Wodehouse: A Life
by Robert McCrum
This outstanding biography chronicles the achievements and failings of the most brilliant comic writer of the 20th century. The book all true Wodehouse fans have been waiting for, McCrum's work eclipses all previous accounts of Wodehouse's life.

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								The Story of English: Third Revised Edition, Author: 
								Robert McCrum, Robert MacNeil, William  Cran, Robert  MacNeil.
*  In the Secret State (1980)
*  Loss of Heart (1982)
*  The Story of English (1984)
*  Mainland (1988)
*  My Year Off: Recovering Life After a Stroke (1998)
*  Wodehouse: A Life (2004)

*  See the Robert McCrum chronology

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."

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McCrum's Favorite Books

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								The Story of English, Author: 
								Robert McCrum.

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The Story of English
by Robert McCrum
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.

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								The Code of the Woosters, Author: 
								P. G. Wodehouse.

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The Code of the Woosters
by 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:

*Three Men in a Boat  by Jerome K. Jerome
*The Tale of Samuel Whiskers  by Beatrix Potter
*Alice's Adventures in Wonderland   by Lewis Carroll
*Roughing It  by Mark Twain
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