Frank Kermode

Literary Critic and Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature

University College London

Frank Kermode (29 November 1919–17 August 2010) was a distinguished literary critic, the Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, and the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge University. Educated at Liverpool and a lieutenant in the Royal Navy during World War II, he taught at numerous universities, including Harvard, Cambridge, and Columbia, and was the author or editor of some forty volumes. Best known are his studies of Shakespeare (1963-65) and D. H. Lawrence (1973), his editorship of The Oxford Anthology of English Literature (2 vol. 1973), and his provocative studies The Sense of an Ending (1967), The Genesis of Secrecy (1979), and The Art of Telling (1983). Kermode's memoir, Not Entitled, was published in 1995 and his selection of essays, Pieces of My Mind, appeared in 2003. He was knighted in 1991.