Peter Kemp

Visiting Fellow

Peter Kemp has been a Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College since 1995.  He is currently Chief Fiction Reviewer for the Sunday Times, a position he has held since 1991.  He was also Fiction Editor of the Sunday Times from 1994 to 2010 and theatre reviewer for the Independent from its launch in 1987 to 1991.  He lectures widely, particularly on C19th, C20th and C21st literature, and frequently broadcasts for the BBC, contributing most regularly to Radio 4’s Front Row and Saturday Review.

He has been a judge for numerous literary awards, including the Booker Prize, the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, the Betty Trask Award, the Geoffrey Faber Prize for fiction, and the Encore Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of its Council. He is on the Advisory Committee for the Man Booker Prize and is a Patron of the Oxford Literary Festival (in which he has regularly participated).

His publications include Muriel Spark (Elek, 1974), H.G. Wells and the Culminating Ape (Macmillan, 1982, revised and expanded 1996), and Edith Wharton (BBC, 1994).  He is the editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Quotations (O.U.P., 1997; revised and expanded 2003). He wrote the section on post-war British Literature for the Encyclopaedia Britannica (15th edition, 1997) and was an Associate Editor with special responsibility for entries on contemporary British fiction for The Oxford Companion to English Literature (seventh edition, 2009).  He has contributed essays on William Golding and Barry Unsworth to the series, British Writers (Scribner’s/Gale Group, 2002).  He is currently writing a critical study of fiction in English since 1970 for Faber and Faber.