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Burning Biographer: Living with D.H. Lawrence

Join us on Tuesday, September 26 at 7pm at TU’s 101 Archer in the Arts District!

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities will welcome renowned critic, journalist, and author, Frances Wilson, to the University of Tulsa.

Wilson wrote The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, which won the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize; How to Survive the Titanic, winner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography; and Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and she received a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center in 2018.

Most recently, Wilson published a biography of D.H. Lawrence entitled, Burning Man: The Trials of D.H. Lawrence. The work has received high praise for its innovative treatment of an infamously cantankerous author. Anne C. Heller in the Washington Independent Review of Books writes, “Literary context is [Wilson’s] art, and it’s with virtuosity and passion that she elicits the contiguities of Romantic imagery and temperament in Dante, Shelley, Lawrence, and others.” Jessica Ferri in the Los Angels Times calls Burning Man a “revelation” and “proof that a great biography has little to do with the greatness of its subject.”

Wilson will discuss her work work as a journalist and critic, Burning Man, the art of biography, and the research she is doing on novelist Muriel Spark in McFarlin Library’s Special Collections at 101 E. Archer.

Don’t miss this chance to explore the work of one of our nation’s leading journalists!