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Peter Conrad (b. 1948, Hobart, Tasmania) is an Australian-born academic specializing in English literature, currently teaching at Christ Church at Oxford University.

Conrad moved to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship in 1968. He became a Fellow of All Souls, Oxford, from 1970 to 1973 before taking up his current post at Christ Church. He has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford, 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 and the New Statesman.

He is satirised as "Mr Kurtz" in James Delingpole's novel Thinly Disguised Autobiography.


  • The Victorian Treasure-House
  • Shandyism: The Character of Romantic Irony
  • Romantic Opera and Literary Form
  • Imagining America
  • Television: The Medium and its Manners
  • The Art of the City: Views and Versions of New York
  • The Everyman History of English Literature
  • A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, New York: Poseidon Press, 1987 ISBN 0671643533
  • Behind the Mountain: Return to Tasmania
  • Where I fell to Earth: A Life in Four Cities, New York: Poseidon Press, 1990 ISBN 0671682334
  • Modern Times, Modern Places: Life and Art in the Twentieth Century, Thames & Hudson 1999 ISBN 978-0500281512

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